Living a Rube Goldberg Life and Finding Purpose in the Process

If you’ve never heard of a Rube Goldberg Machine, this is your lucky day! The machines premise is this: Take a simple task and go through a complex formula to accomplish it. You could just pick up the pencil and sharpen it, but the Rube Goldberg machine adds a bunch of steps that are totally superfluous. Heres one for you:


I am drawing a comparison between this machine and our lives; with wacky and crazy complications, the unexpected, the tragic, the comedic, all the stuff that is out of our control, and the stupid things we do. Yep, we can pretty much be the equivalent of a Rube Goldberg Machine, all sorts of ridiculous activity to accomplish the most simple, menial task.


We have ridden down chutes, bounced around and flipped so many switches that there is seriously no difference between our lives and the function of the machine. Actually, the machine one-up’s us by at least getting something done, no matter how insignificant.

I am moving through my Rube Goldberg life and analyzing it a little more deeply. If I continue to erroneously rely on my skills and talents, while mixing in my flaws and mistakes and march dutifully on, what am I left with? My own stellar, “blowing up a balloon and popping it” scenario. (See this accomplished in the short video below)

The key is moving toward our primary purpose and not just focusing on the distracting machinations of the process. Though our lives often resemble the Rube Goldberg machine, which seems to be more movement than momentum, we cannot lose sight of who we are and why we’re here along the way. It may look like a bunch of massive failures, sidetracks, or needless activity; but when we continue to look to God for direction, it will end as it should, with us seeing the purpose and fulfillment of His plan.

We will never eliminate all the pointless stuff completely, we are after all human, but we can sift out much of the purely fleshly, vain, and nonessential fluff we pursue. Thus, we can focus our energy on a more defined target and minimize many of those distractions automatically.

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.                                                                                                    Philippians 3:12-16The Message (MSG)

Ps One of the best Rube Goldberg moments at the movies…the end of Happy Gilmore!


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