Real Hope

“Someone said that living for this earth is like re-arranging furniture on the Titanic while she’s going down,” my pastor said.

This world is doomed for destruction. Even those who don’t believe in the judgment of God believe  that we will somehow destroy ourselves.

Scripture tells us that one day, this world will be judged and destroyed by fire.

Even before that, we will all die. And we don’t know when.

Just this week I attended the funeral of my friend’s son. She didn’t think she’d be planning his funeral when he was just 20 years old.

At 48-years-old I moved my father into a nursing home. He and Mom  lived with me for almost six years. Dad lost both legs to diabetes and finally it was too much to continuing caring for him.

I hurried around the house, preparing him for the move. When I gathered his belongings, I could hold them all in one arm. My father was going to a nursing home to die. We both knew that.

That day changed my life.

I continued to visit him and saw first-hand what our culture conveniently withholds from us. Namely, that unless we die an untimely death, we will grow old, we may grow sick, and then we will die. Then what?

I asked myself a few questions: What am I spending my time doing? What am I holding onto that will rust or fall apart. Did my life have meaning?

Did I have hope?

Yes.

Jesus.

He is our only hope. He is our salvation. Scripture says that “without shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.” Hebrews 9:22 (NLT)

It also says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (NLT)

I made changes. I’m making changes based on the eternal truth of God’s Word.

I’m investing in heaven.

You never know when you’re leaving earth.

Invest well.

Invest today.

Find hope.

Stop re-arranging furniture.

 

2 Comments on "Real Hope"

  1. diane gordon says:

    I LOVE YOUR ILLUSTRATIONS.
    SOMETIMES THINGS THAT SEEM SO IMPORTANT AT THE TIME SURE END UP WITH A LOT OF RUST ON THEM LATTER.
    WORKING ON THE PMTL FOR 2013.
    THANK YOU FOR ENCOURAGING ME TO SEEK GOD MORE.
    HUGS, DI

  2. Pauline Hylton says:

    PMTL. A good theme. Thanks for your comments, friend!

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