This week on the blog I’m writing about the Walking Dead. The season premier is this coming Sunday. Whether you are a fan of the show or not I believe you can get something out of these posts.
The zombie apocalypse is straight awful. If the zombies don’t get you the evil humans who are left on the earth will.
One of the main themes of the Walking Dead is the need for community. In order to stay alive you must stay together.
This isn’t natural for everyone.
One of the main characters and fan favorite is Daryl Dixon.
They say no characters are safe on the Walking Dead, but because of Daryl’s rabid fanbase, and because the creators of the show do not want to usher in the apocalypse Daryl has become untouchable.
What’s interesting about him is he is not from the comics the show is based on. He also started off a loaner and not a very likable character. In season two he develops into everyone’s favorite. He is a loner who is fiercely loyal to the group. He is a tough guy who has a soft side. He is a fascinating character.
Daryl’s natural inclination is to go at life alone. I’m pretty sure he’s a major introvert. He hangs with the group, but often finds away to go out on his own.
Some of the rules for life change in the zombie apocalypse. You have to become pretty brutal in order to survive. One rule that stands the test of the end of the world as we know it is the need for other people.
You may be like Daryl, and want to go at life on your own, but you will find great frustration, emptiness, and a loneliness when you try to live life alone.
I’ve written the following before, but I think the implications are incredibly important. In prison the ultimate punishment for prisoners who misbehave is solitary confinement. Think about that. Too much alone time will drive you crazy.
You may need some alone time to recharge, but trying to do life alone is not how God created you.
You and I were made with a need for others.
I think some of us understand that with our minds, but it’s incredibly difficult to live out.
The best families, the best teams, the best organizations, and churches have clear roles and and understanding of how they need each other.
Find what you are put on this earth to do and then do that within a community.
When you don’t do what God created you to do the entire community suffers. When you go at life alone the entire community suffers. You need others and others need you.
This is true for the zombie apocalypse and it’s true for us today.
What were you put on this earth to do? How do you use your giftedness to better the overall community?