Madmen, outcasts, weirdos! These were the words used to describe geniuses at one point or the other in their life. Whether it was Jesus, Da Vinci, Sia or Zuckerberg, they all had to carry a cross, the cross of a great idea!
We’ve all had them – ideas that creep up on us in the middle of the night and become offputting gatekeepers of our sleep. Sometimes they are bad ideas, like what you’re going to do with bae’s friend’s number, which she sneakily snuck into your purse when bae wasn’t looking.
But on rare occasions, they are great ideas. Ideas that actually matter, and can change the world, forever! For Jesus, it was a divine exchange, a scandalous strategy to forever end all enmity between God and men. This is perhaps the biggest idea ever conceived by a man. But of course, what do you expect when that man was also God?
Thing is, according to the book of Psalms, we are all gods. And when God said be fruitful and multiply, He didn’t just mean that we should fill our cribs with dozens of babies. He meant that we should dominate the earth with great ideas. But if having and executing great ideas is easy, everybody would do it.
Alexander The Great once had the bright idea to conquer all of the world. It killed him. Mark Zuckerberg’s idea for Facebook was so huge, he dropped out of an Ivy League School. Meanwhile, someone, that’s definitely not you, is too scared to even share her ideas with friends and family.
Remember the man who asked Jesus, what must I do to be born again? Jesus, out of love, told him the great price to be paid. Only for the originally enthusiastic man to sulk away.
Even though there’s more to this story than meets the eye, it does illuminate something about human nature – when the going gets tough, most of us don’t get going. Our bright ideas are often like the seeds that fell amongst thorns and bristles. They spring up only to be choked out by life’s cares and worries.
How many friends do you have that often tell you they have this or that great idea they presently can’t pursue because of one issue or the other. Have you noticed how they end up never doing those things? Philippians says that he who watches the wind will fail to sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
Slap that person, that’s definitely not you, and say “there will never be a day that the seven stars align to help you make that first step towards your goals.” Your horoscope is as inconsequential as the mosquito on the other side of your net. Isaiah 47 speaks of how those who divide the heavens, gaze at stars and new moons are nothing more than stubble.
It’s so simple that you’ll need someone to help you misunderstand it. Da Vinci, Zuckerberg, Michael Jackson and virtually every genius in every field that ever lived faced a reprisal for their ideas. They stuck to their guns because they knew their ideas were far greater weapons than the knives simpletons tossed at them for being different. No one is saying be deliberately eccentric, quit your day job, or drop out of school. But don’t think you can execute a great idea without sacrifice.