A study was conducted to study the effects of amphetamines on the behavior of mice. While the outcome was fairly predictable on the physiology of the rodents, their behavior as a group was a surprise to the researchers
A mouse alone receiving the controlled dose of drugs would last for ten minutes before dying. When administered in a group the mice died much more quickly and the behavior together was much more erratic. They would only last a matter of a few minutes.
But when a mouse who had not been given the drug was dropped into a group that had been, the erratic behavior of that mouse mirrored the others and the undrugged mouse would “go off like popcorn” in the words of one researcher. And it too would die in a matter of moments.
The power of the group we associate with is underscored here. We live in a culture that is hurried and anxious and “going off like popcorn” in ways that impact us every day. How do we “come apart” from the crowd before we “come apart” at the seams?
- We must find some time daily, weekly, regularly to be alone. That’s hard for some but necessary.
- We must be aware that the “course of this world” does impact us. We need to ruthlessly evaluate ourselves to make sure we are not floating down a stream toward destruction. Examine yourself.
- We must listen to the still, small voice of God in our spirits through the chaos of the day. The world is marching to a different drummer. Don’t buy into that rhythm.
It’s hard to be distinctive in a world that’s falling apart. But that’s our calling.
And now, it’s our hope of survival.
FOR MEDITATION: Come out from among them and be separate says the Lord. 2 Corinthians 6:17
FOR REFLECTION: Think of one thing you can do today that will allow you to step out of the “rat race” and breathe the pure oxygen of Heaven. Your survival may depend on it!