April 16, 2007 2 min to read

Stick it to the man!

Category : Life

Having been back in JHB for almost a week now I feel the pressure… the endless voice of the Invisible Man insisting that you need to be doing better… you need to worry about money. You need to worry about where your life’s going. You’re not performing well enough, man. You need to be making something out of your life, you’re not doing enough. Where are you going? Argh! Man, he can irritate me.

I think one of the principal things you learn while on holiday is what is of real value. And, in the end, what’s of real value is God and friends and family. That’s of real value. Really. Of course I want to enjoy my job. Of course I want to make a difference in this world. But the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed which produces a harvest. It’s the small things that matter, the small things that are of worth, the small things that bring us joy. It’s in the small things… the free things… that you really find God. JHB can make you forget that. With it’s continuous humdrum of restlessness and pursuit of so called ‘bettering your life’ all it’s doing is making you forget what really matters.

This is why, I think, I often feel quite alone here. I’m not saying I feel LONELY, only ALONE. My week is nothing but about performing well… oftentimes, even at church. Deep down, I just want to be with my friends. I Just want to ‘be.’ Delirious used to sing a song called ‘All I want is you’ and there was a line that said “Maybe I can just call up my friends, play some music, be myself. All I want is you Lord.”

That’s really how I wish I could live my life. But so many voices around me tell me that that’s not how I ought to live. But God is amongst us when we get together as his people. Probably more than when we get together to perform a program or to DO something. I don’t really want to DO church anyway, I only want to BE it… and BE it together, with my friends, my brothers and sisters, and all those who will be my friends in the future.

The challenge is to live your life for what really matters despite what the Invisible Man says to you over your shoulders… “You’re wasting time man, life is short. You need to make your stamp on history. Make enough money for you to retire well, and your kids to do well.” These things can even sometimes sound so holy, but they’re just a red herring. In the words of the great Jack Black from School of Rock “You got to stick it to the man!” Thanks Barry Griggs for that reminder!

About Ryan Peter


Ryan Peter is a writer, journalist and ghostwriter from Johannesburg, South Africa. He writes fantasy, sci-fi, inspirational fiction, and on faith. Ryan is also part of the New Covenant Ministries International (NCMI) translocal team.

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    Replywendy April 16, 2007

    wow - you're so right, you sum up the essence of joburg that people feel they need to live up to, glad you're realizing the incredible need to not live up to any reputation! cape town is the extended holiday i need from joburg, and yet the "invisible man" is here too! read eph 3v19-20 - i'm realizing more & more that the "fullness of God" is most needed in the mundane aspects of our lives...

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    Replyfloyd April 16, 2007

    It's a common feeling here in Joburg... and it is probably due to the fact that this city was built on greed and deceit. It runs through the very fiber of this town and you can feel it's weight on your shoulders all the time. It wants to preoccupy your time with irrelevant thoughts and objectives. We are not doing enough to combat it. It seems so much larger than any one of us – but together we may just be able to put it in its place.

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    ReplyJJ (ryans hero) April 17, 2007

    all i got from that was bla bla bla, im a dirty tramp! stop ur moaning it could be worse, it could be me stuck in that hole of a city. and i read ur message to wendy, sum other than me comment on this lame ass site, thats always good, beg ppl to comment. sumone please check out my site, i need the hits to feel speacial.

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    ReplyJJ (ryans hero) April 17, 2007

    all i got from that was bla bla bla, im a dirty tramp! stop ur moaning it could be worse, it could be me stuck in that hole of a city. and i read ur message to wendy, sum other than me comment on this lame ass site, thats always good, beg ppl to comment. sumone please check out my site, i need the hits to feel speacial. moderate this! hahaha

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    ReplyJJ (ryans hero) April 17, 2007

    ignore the first draft

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