happily ever after…

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We love a happy ending…..We are accustomed to happy endings. We expect them.

We love movies where true love finds a way, the hero overcomes all odds, saves the city, the world, and snatches victory from defeat at the last moment. And in the end the good guys win.
Most of us have lived long enough to know it doesn’t always work out that way. At least not in the real world.

As followers of Christ we are assured of an ending, where we will live happily ever after. But sometimes like the movies we expect all the endings to be happy now, every prayer answered, every sickness healed, every enemy defeated. Justice served.
But there are storms, dark times, unhappy times that we must travel through before the ultimate happy ending. We read in 2 Corinthians 4:17 about what to expect “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all”*  The rough times and storms we travel through only serve to validate our mission and the need for it.

To spread the Good News
I thought today about how our Savior came into a world of hardship and storms. Storms in the form of Herod a ruthless murderer through fear enslaving God’s chosen people. Herod who attempted to take the life of the One who came to save us and in the process murdered hundreds if not thousands of baby boys. Storms that came in the form of religious leaders, storms that followed Him after brief moments of “Hosanna” and acclamation by the crowds. Jesus understood the importance of the Gospel and the price of the “momentary troubles” He would gladly endure them and never let the absence of “happy endings” distract Him. We should not either.

These thoughts came to me after reading a post by Tim Challies “Given For A Time Like This”.

Tim defines and sums up our mission in these few words.

The gospel is for times of hardship and persecution, but also for times of moral confusion
The gospel was not given to a world without sin, without confusion, without difficulty and persecution—that world needs no gospel.

The gospel was given to a world like this one, a world marked by every kind of pain and perversity. This world needs a gospel and, praise God!, He gave us one. He gave us the gospel of his Son. No matter how bad the news around us gets, that good news gospel is better. It was given for a time like this.**

Amen and so be it Tim!
**©Tim Challies you can read the rest of Tim’s post Given For A Time Like This at
Challies.com

*The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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