As I look back on our vacation part of me questions my decision to spend a few days in Las Vegas…what was it within me that I felt the need to subject my family to a fair amount of questionable content? I am not sure I am at the point where I can honestly answer that question. We did have an enjoyable time there…there were alot of interesting (wholesome) things to see and experience. It afforded us a nice place to stay and it became the first location where in our trip where we were fully able to start the unwinding process.
Beyond all the lights and glamour…here is the one thing that really stood out to me during those two days – Immersing ourselves in that environment for just a short period of time…once again reminded me of each individuals journey in life…the journey to find happiness, purpose and fulfillment. As I passed hundreds of people on the streets and glanced into casinos filled with people chasing that elusive dream…my heart broke for them. The image of people wearing masks kept entering my mind…I even began to almost envision everyone I came across wearing a mask. As I would approach someone on the street…I could see it in their eyes! Some were talking, others were walking alone, others were laughing…but they all had one thing in common…their gaze was empty.
When it came time to leave and we hit the road.. a song came on the radio entitled “Let it Fade”…it was a prayer for that city…and I think also a challenge for each and everyone of us. The song is by Jeremy Camp…here are the lyrics:
Have you been walking on a surface that’s uncertain
Have you helped yourself to everything that’s empty
You can’t live,
This way too long,
There’s more than this,
More than this
Have you been standing on your own feet too long
Have you been looking for a place where you belong
You can rest,
You will find rest
Let this old life crumble,
Let it fade,
Let this new life offered be your saving grace,
Let this old life crumble let it fade,
Let it fade
Have you been holding on to what this world has offered
Have you been giving in to all these masquerades it will be gone,
It will be gone
Are you carrying the weight too much,
Are you running from the call
Whether you are in a place like Las Vegas or in a growing city like Calgary…there is always the pressure to fit into the mold that our society says we need to squeeze into. I fight that pressure on a daily basis…am I more interested in becoming someone I’m not…or do I truly want to become who I ws created to be? There’s a question we all need to wrestle with.