Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Revelation

  When I was in high school, my best friend and I saw the movie "The Late, Great Planet Earth." It was supposed to be all about the end-times and how the prophesies were coming to pass. I was 17 at the time, and I remember that we walked out of the movie theater too stunned for words. For hours. The world was coming to an end, and soon, very soon. I didn't know what to say or think. We just walked around the plaza in silence.

  Needless to say, obviously the world didn't end as quickly as we were scared into thinking it was. Still, it was 35 years before I had the courage to really read all of the Book of Revelations. I was *that* terrified.

  From beginning ~ Revelation 1:1 "This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the events that must soon take place. He sent an angel to present this revelation to his servant John," to end ~ Revelation 22:21 "May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people." the Book of Revelations is about a vision ~ maybe even a dream or nightmare ~ that John had.  

  It is a book that has been interpreted ~ and misinterpreted ~ for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.  Scholars have tried to tie current day events to things described by John and have only added to the confusion and fear.  Many have tried to predict the exact time and place for the Second Coming ... only to be laughed at later and disappear in shame and humiliation when their "end time" date came and went.

  This is what I know for sure ... all we are given is today.  There are no guarantees for tomorrow whether you are a believer or not.  You may go to sleep tonight and never wake again.  There are not even any guarantees for today.  You may wake in the morning and be dead by the end of the day.

  I believe that if there is a message for us in the Book of Revelations, it is simply this ...

  Enjoy each day.  Cherish the ones you love.  Be at peace with everyone.  Do your best work, not because someone is keeping a tally of it, but because giving our best is what we were created to do.  Don't live to fail ... live to succeed, even if just for that 24 hours, do your best.  Honor each other.  Love.  Laugh.  Forgive.  Make mistakes because none of us are perfect, but own those mistakes.  Learn from them.  Move on.  Grow.  Thrive.

  Make each day your best, because that is all you ever get.  One day ... at a time.  Live it.

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