“What would the world be like without Captain Hook?” This quote from the 1991 movie Hook has always fascinated me.
I have always wondered what the world would be like without sin and the bad things in life. What would it be like without sickness, death, lying, cheating, the guy cutting me off in traffic and whatever else we can think of?
Sounds pretty good, does it not? I can do without any of those things and more! I think all of us would like to live in a place like this.
We are all affected by sin; none of us can escape it. Many of us rationalize it by saying that it is the bad things in life that make the good so much sweeter, and although the bad can remind of us better things, I would be more apt to say the good things in life sweeten themselves.
After all, when I am with friends or my family I do not need some bad thing to remind me how great it is, rather I am simply enjoying what is going on and wishing that it would not end.
The Bible often reminds us that a perfect place does exist, Heaven, a place without tears, death, mourning or suffering, a place where we can enjoy being happy forever.
Although I cannot always imagine it, I do look forward to that eternal happiness.
Published in Delta Optimist August 12 2012
Photo credit: John Fowler on Flickr
Ahhh, summer is finally here! The sun is shining bright, the weather is warm, and the air smells of barbecue and summer vacations.
I love summer; I enjoy the sun and the weather, and just everything about it. It’s as if life is easier to handle when you are sitting on your patio cooking on the barbecue and enjoying a nice cold beverage.
If you are like most people, during the winter, when the sun seems to stop shining and it’s dreary and cold, you might become worn out and start dragging your feet. But when we do get that moment of sunshine, we feel invigorated and refreshed. I know that is how I am.
Life can be like that, where so much stuff is going on we begin to feel like we are caught in winter or a storm. I know it is times like these that I may not want to get out of bed in the morning. We seem to lose sight of any hope.
It is times like these that I realize just how much my saviour Jesus Christ gives me hope. He is like the sun on a dreary day. He renews and refreshes me and picks me up, just as the sun does after bad weather.
How truly blessed are we to have someone who gives us the hope to keep moving forward despite all the “bad weather” of life!
Published in Delta Optimist July 13 2012