My friend, may I ask you a question? It’s been said that–“Life’s a camera. You wake up every day with one opportunity to take a picture of where you are going and where you’ve been. Depending upon where you set your focus, the picture can be blurry or sharp.” Can we choose to see life’s “debts” as a curse or an opportunity?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
BILLS, BILLS, BILLS! Sometimes it is really difficult to believe that life can get any worse. You owe the plumber, the bank, and there’s that money you borrowed from your mom. The struggle is a daily one and it seems that the more you struggle to survive, the harder survival seems to be. Can poverty be right around the corner?
It’s been said that-- “Life’s a camera. You wake up every day with one opportunity to take a picture of where you are going and where you’ve been. Depending upon where you set your focus, the picture can be blurry or sharp.” We can choose to see life’s “debts” as a curse or an opportunity. It all depends on how we focus our lives.
Writes Jim DeLoach: “Some time ago I saw a picture of an old burned-out mountain shack. All that remained was the chimney . . . the charred debris of what had been that family’s sole possession. In front of this destroyed home stood an old grandfather-looking man dressed only in his underclothes with a small boy clutching a pair of patched overalls. It was evident that the child was crying. Beneath the picture were the words which the artist felt the old man was speaking to the boy. They were simple words, yet they presented a profound theology and philosophy of life. Those words were, “Hush child, God ain’t dead!” That vivid picture of that burned-out mountain shack, that old man, the weeping child, and those words “God ain’t dead” keep returning to my mind. Instead of it being a reminder of the despair of life, it has come to be a reminder of hope! I need reminders that there is hope in this world. In the midst of all of life’s troubles and failures, I need mental pictures to remind me that all is not lost as long as God is alive and in control of His world.” (James DeLoach, associate pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Houston, quoted in When God Was Taken Captive, W. Aldrich, Multnomah, 1989, p. 24.)
Debts and life’s troubles can be a very humbling experience. When you stare them in the face day after day it is difficult sometimes to keep things in perspective. The fact is, the temporal things of this life, the things that need to be bought, repaired and restored, can easily become a source of hopelessness when we start each day focusing on the hopelessness that so often surrounds them. Eventually, the more we focus on these things the more they become confining and over- whelming. Ultimately they can rob us of our ability to trust and rely on the One who gives hope even in the most hope- less situation. Jesus reminds us that when our hopes are being crushed there is a blessing that awaits us when we temper our spirit in such poverty, reminding ourselves that a crushed spirit is the source of hope, the foundation upon which our faith is made stronger. This is a sharper focus; one that sees God clearly as alive, in control and certainly not “dead!”
We pray. Heavenly Father, it is foolish to believe: “There is no God.” Amazingly of all Your creation only a human would dare believe or say such a thing. Satan and his evil hordes are not so foolish even though they endeavor to deceive with such a false philosophy. We have therefore no need to cry since You are always in control. It is also good to be reminded of Your redeeming love for the human race regardless of their response. How precious to remember: “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. In Jesus name. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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