The new year has arrived … but few of us are celebrating. A pandemic that doesn’t want to quit, a riot and tragic death in Washington D.C., a Congress set to change the way we live, and a disturbing moral breakdown across American society, leave me troubled and disoriented. Travel is on hold, Church is online, eating out a thing of the past. And there is no end in sight!
The year promises to be a productive one for me, only because I have the chance of writing to people like you. The Model of a Model, my first book, will be on the market, I hope by mid-year, and I will continue to share my thoughts each week in this forum. But that, frankly is what troubles me.
Strategies for Living has been in production for a little over three years. I have been open about my struggles with life, I have challenged the social issues that are destroying our society, and I have often pointed to Jesus Christ as the only One Who can bring a song in the night, or perhaps I should say, peace of mind to our Pandemic.
But many of the people I care about have concluded my faith is bogus, or at least, of no interest. The Bible is a book they never read, Jesus Christ a historical figure they know little about, and my faith confusing and unwelcome. They are good people, friends that have earned my respect. But I agonize over their eternal future … and there seems to be no way I can reach them.
And that is my dilemma. What do I do? I can attempt to get their attention with pious platitudes and real-life stories, but to what end? Eternity looms; none of us will be here by 2060. And although this discussion will be remembered, it will by then be purely academic.
For those who haven’t welcomed Jesus as the Lord of their lives, eternity will be a nightmare. Contrary to the Bible’s picture of hell as a lake of fire, which I take to be a metaphor, I think of hell as a cold, dark, and silent room. There is nothing to see or do, no one to talk to, you’re just there. Alone with your thoughts, you exist day after day, year after year, into the ages, with nothing but the memory of what could have been. And as it goes on … and on … and on … it will, indeed, constitute suffering beyond anything one can imagine.
And that is my dilemma. How do I remain silent? I am excited about life, and I would like to write about positive thinking, careful planning, overcoming a troubled past, achieving your dreams, and making these the best days of your life. But to what end? “If in this life only we have hope,” wrote the Apostle Paul, “we are of all men most miserable.” Wow! He had that right!
But it need not be. You can join me as we reframe our past, energize our activities, and achieve our potential. That is a dream that excites and I believe possible because, to quote the Apostle Paul again, “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” For a great 2021, I invite you to begin it with Jesus Christ.
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