By Al Boyce
We can often tell how important something is in todayís society by looking at how we joke about it. A perfect example is our quest for "life truths."
We humans are constantly searching for truth in an effort to find meaning. But if we do a quick search of the topic on the Internet, here is an example of what we find:
1. You canít trust dogs to watch your food.
2. You canít hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
3. No matter how hard you try, you canít baptize a cat.
Itís not that nobody out there really knows any life truths, itís just that actively considering the question of who we are, why we exist and what happens when we die makes us very, very anxious. So we would rather joke about it.
Besides, many of us think we know what really matters in life Ė usually whatever it is we do not have. So, the poor think they want to be rich, and the high school student thinks he wants to be in college, or have a job, orÖ whatever.
The truth is that every one of us is trying to hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
We rush to classes, worry about who we are dating, or why we donít have a date, and all the while ponder the choices thrown at us, like drugs, sex, religion, college or going to work in the "real world." We juggle all this and try to act as if we knew where we are going. But sooner or later, as we accomplish our goals and get to our destinations, we wonder, "What now?"
I came across a list of life truths in a terrific book that was actually designed to be read and reread because of itís bounty of wisdom. Itís a real classic Ė a best-seller in fact. Iím sure you can get it at Amazon.com, and probably on sale too. Itís called The Holy Bible and it says that we are here, living life for a very specific purpose Ė to help God build His kingdom on earth.
Here are some of its life truths:
In this way, God transforms each of us into important parts of the Body of Christ. Romans 12:4-8 describes it this way:
- We are sinners. We donít do what God wants and are disconnected from the glory of His kingdom. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
- Our sins may only be washed away by Jesus, who died as a sacrifice so that we could return to a right relationship with God. "But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:11)
- God has a plan for our lives. "If a man cleanses himself from the latter (sin), he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work." (2 Timothy 2:21)
- When we repent of our sins and accept Jesus as Savior, God sends to us the Holy Spirit to help us become more like Christ. "But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you," Jesus says in John 14:26.
"Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us."
So as we confidently face this new year, letís use the gifts that God has given us, with the Holy Spirit to guide us to the appropriate "life truths," so that we can do anything Ė even baptize a cat! (You might need a few friends to help out, but hey, thatís what itís all about Ė helping and caring for each other.)
(All Bible references are taken from the NIV)
Al Boyce was a writer and editor for The Associated Press for 14 years. He is now a systems engineer living in Raleigh, NC, with his wife, Cindy, and three children and is thrilled to see God find a way to use his writing to bless others.
LIFE LESSONS FROM 2004:
This year was CRAMMED with learning...whew. There were lessons in forgiveness, in being happy and content alone, in LISTENING to the Lord, instead of assuming.
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