“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” – Jesus – John 14:1-4
Inherent: “involved in the constitution or essential character of something: belonging by nature or habit” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
This morning the news was full of stories about saying goodbye. However, not what you’re probably thinking. Stories ranged from mourning the death of a famous fictional character to saying goodbye to a loved television series. Combine that with the fact that there is a disease called Paris syndrome. A disease that identifies depression with the disappointment of visiting one of the world’s most famous cities and it’s easy to see that we don’t always live in the real world. Meanwhile, we struggle to find compassion for those around the world who are actually suffering. Many of us, including myself, live in a somewhat false world. We mourn the loss of many things that have no intrinsic value. We become depressed when we’re disappointed with something that has always been overhyped as a fairy tale. We become angry when we can’t access the things we’ve addicted our bodies and minds to. What would happen if the internet went down for an extended period of time? What would happen if the TV communication apparatus collapsed? What would happen if your favorite, lifeless, thing no longer existed? Entertainment is not wrong. Fiction isn’t inherently bad. There is value in sparking our imaginations towards something better. We do live in a world full of sorrow and sadness. We live in a world where everything dies eventually. And so it’s good to sometimes relieve our spirits of what this world can bring. However, it’s not good to live in a fairy tale when it results in our ignorance of the real world. How often do we refuse our service to the needy, simply because we don’t see their need? How often do we ignore the hurt, pain, and poorness in this world, simply because we don’t know how to handle it? How often are we moved by the tragic experiences of a family in the news? There’s nothing wrong with a fairy tale. But it must never come at the expense of reality. “Happily ever after.” We all wish it were true. Sometimes it seems like it will almost come true. But if we’re honest, we can’t really do any better than, “Happy for a few years.” There is however, one way to that goal. “Happily ever after.” The phrase is a reflection and longing for salvation. A reflection of it because we’re promised it. A longing for it because we need it. Heaven is our “Fairytale,” our “Happily ever after.” But it is no falsity. Christ promised it through His life and death on the Cross. Can we believe in it? It has the power to change our lives. Both now and forevermore. Can’t believe it? In some ways neither can I. It seems too good to be true. So just try to disprove it. It will become more real than you would think. In a real life bombarded with adjusted facts and plain old lies it can be hard to live in the truth. However, there is truth. A truth that isn’t just “Our truth.” A truth that is confined to our minds only is no truth at all. There is a reality that supersedes mere beliefs and simple opinions. Let’s never let a false reality hide true life. Let’s never let an opinion diminish the fact of things. And let’s never let life be destroyed by lies. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6 May we never deny that life. May we always believe that truth. May we always follow His way. The way to the Father and everlasting life. The Real World.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,