Sometimes ya just have to blow something up

By Chris North

If you live in the United States & are anything like me, you’re already looking forward to the 4th of July in a few days. I love the 4th of July for all the same reasons most people do: food, friends & fireworks. I’ve always been enamored with fireworks. Done right, fireworks are essentially just intentional explosions for the purpose of beauty.  Which made me wonder, is it possible to “blow something up” in our own lives in the same way (intentionally) & for the same purpose (beauty)?

One of the official Webster definitions of the word explosion is: a large-scale, rapid, or spectacular expansion or bursting out or forth. Rarely do we think of blowing something up as beautiful; but, what if we could learn something from this definition of explosion and fireworks this week? When I am feeling stuck professionally, stalled relationally or hollow spiritually it almost always helps to “blow something up” to make room for something new. So what might need to be rapidly or spectacularly expanded in your life?

We’ve all blown something up in our lives, to be sure. One of the best challenges here is learning how to blow something up both intentionally and for the sake of beauty. When it comes to relationships what if “blowing something up” meant forgiveness rather than a fight? What if “blowing something up” professionally meant recommitting rather than quitting? What if “blowing something up” spiritually meant a new level of sacrifice where cynicism may have set in? Whatever it is for you and wherever you live in the world this 4th of July week, I invite you to take some time to think about where you might be due for your own version of a beautiful explosion.