Every day is a chance and not a certainty. If you live every day as if it were your only chance, waking up tomorrow might just be Christmas morning for you as well. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
“I don’t know anything, I never did know anything!” I can still see Alistair Sim in the movie “Scrooge” dancing around his bedstead singing that song. Scrooge has experienced an epiphany; he’s so filled with excitement and an overflowing feeling of redemption that he’s, literally, beside himself. He’s spent a lifetime manifesting bitterness, greed and avarice personally and professionally. Everyone who knew him despised him, or at least tolerated him with a great measure of Christian charity. But he’s now awakened on Christmas morning, reborn, given a second chance to redeem his life, change his ways and demonstrate to everyone that the man he once was is gone. He’s moved to giddy joy by the fact that everything he once knew to be right was wrong; he’s ecstatic about the discovery that “he never had known anything.” He’d been living in the dark and the Ghosts of Christmas, Past, Present and Future, had revealed it. As he danced around his room he kept repeating how much “he didn’t deserve it” and how he “just couldn’t help” being so giddy about it.
I’m sure that we’ve all had that “I just can’t help it” feeling. I remember coming home one afternoon after finding out that I’d just received a job offer from out of nowhere. I had not sought it but it was sorely needed. My heart was filled with joy and “I just couldn’t help” spilling the beans the minute I walked into the house and saw my wife. It was written all over my face and I just couldn’t keep the joy to myself.
You and I are on a marvelous trip to heaven. We are “new” men in Christ, not at all like the old “Scrooge-like” sinners we were. We “didn’t know anything” as it concerns truth, love and forgiveness in Christ. Now, washed in the blood of the Lamb of God, we DO know “everything.” The greatest gift ever given mankind, the gift of eternal life in Christ, belongs to us. It’s like waking up on Christmas morning every morning. Every day is an epiphany for a Christian. We were headed down a path that would certainly lead to eternal death and destruction, just like Scrooge, and without any merit on our part we were pardoned, given an opportunity to do it over. It’s impossible not to share something so incredi- ble; a faith touched by this message of salvation can’t help but leap for joy, giddy for an incredible gift.
Not feeling that way today? You know I don’t think Scrooge would have either except for one very important fact: he wanted so badly to have another chance and didn’t think he would get it. He did and he couldn’t contain his joy. My friend, every day is a chance and not a certainty. Perhaps if you live every day with the thought that it may be your only chance, waking up tomorrow might just be Christmas morning for you as well.
We pray. Heavenly Father, Christmas is here and we are pleased and full of joy. But, with Scrooge may each of us become aware that Christmas is something that we live, not something that we only experience for a few weeks each year. May we wake up tomorrow morning as if there was no other opportunity than this day to love one another and bless this world with a Christmas laugh, a Christmas tear and all the cheer we can. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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