stop reaching for prestige
The classroom cannot compete with the glitter and the billion dollar success and the prestige of this commercial education disguised as entertainment and which by-passes the intelligence while operating on the will and the desires (Marshall McLuhan, The Mechanical Bride). So, I ask, why bother? Why bother competing? Because you re either going to lose and look ridiculously imitative and envious; or, you re going to get caught up in the upwardly mobile church movement which is bound to crash because it demands so much money and energy from people. My suggestion is to quit now! Quit competing. My hunch is that the more real, simple, raw and unadorned you are, the more genuinely you reflect Jesus who was unadorned from the manger to the cross to the tomb, and the more authentically the message of the cross is displayed.