Already Dead


Nac Mac Feegles

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Anyone who really knows me well, knows that I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett and the Discworld books. Some of my favourite characters are the Nac Mac Feegle.

Terry Prachett is quoted as saying they are "like tiny little Scottish Smurfs who have seen Braveheart altogether too many times." They are 6 inches high, their skin appears blue because it is heavily tattooed and covered with woad, They wear kilts and all have red hair. They are immensely strong and completely fearless, they will fight anything, and they have a particular fondness for headbutting creatures far larger than themselves. The fearlessness of Nac Mac Feegle warriors in combat is derived from their religious belief that they cannot be killed, because they are already dead; they believe that they are in the afterlife. The world with its sunshine, flowers, birds, trees, things to steal and people to fight, must be some sort of heaven, because "a world that good couldn't be open to just anybody." Thus, they do not mourn the loss of Mac Feegles who have died in battle on the Discworld, according to The Wee Free Men: "Oh, they've gone back to the land o' the livin'. It's nae as good as this one, but they'll bide fine and come back before too long. No sense in grievin'." Indeed, any grieving a Feegle might do over fallen family members is never about their actual death, but rather over the fact that he did not get to spend more time with them before they rejoined the land of the living.

I love their attitude. Because if you are a Christian, you are already dead!

For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. - 2 Cor 5:14

I am not saying we should be like the Feegle who have very different ideas about property ownership. They are warriors, hunters, and foragers; Nac Mac Feegle foraging consists of taking anything that isn't nailed down (if it is nailed down, they will take the nails as well). But we should be fearless, start thinking of ourselves as already dead, and of this as heaven. It started out pretty good, God did a great job on it. So if you are already dead, how would that change your attitude ….what would you do differently? What would you worry about???

The only thing the feegle worry about is upsetting the females, with whom they share the Afterlife, causing "the Foldin' o' the Arms", "the Pursin' o' the Lips", and the "Tappin' o' the Feets", followed by "the Explainin". Christian you may have been the worst sinner on the face of the planet a cess pit of sin and evil but now


God looks at you and sees good - he sees Jesus. Don’t blow that or come judgement day, while as a Christian you won't face the lake of fire, you may face possibly the "the Foldin' o' the Arms", "the Pursin' o' the Lips", and the "Tappin' o' the Feets", followed by "the Explainin". Instead be dead to self…..when you think of your self as dead priorities change . . . .food, exercise, being health conscious and self conscious, fears, do they really matter anymore? What matters is to continue for the one who raises us to heaven - Jesus. We should let Him do the worrying and the thinking and just do as we are told by HIm - makes things much less burdensome. You already know the stuff you shouldn’t do that he wouldn’t like, with Jesus in charge in your life, it's stuff you don’t feel right doing anymore anyway. Focus instead on what you should be doing!