Sunday, December 18, 2011

Looking Forward

Several of us in the office get a little depressed come January.  Why?  The excitement of Christmas is over, the beautiful decorations are gone, and we have a few months of calm before Easter.  Everything that we’ve looked forward to is now done, and tasks seem mundane.  Jesus’ birth has been celebrated, and now everything looks towards the time of Lent. 

Do you get in this rut, too?  Maybe yours doesn’t revolve around the liturgical seasons, but maybe for you it’s “If I can just buy a house” or “If I can just have a baby.”  Maybe it’s even looking forward to the kids graduating from high school and getting out of the house. 

None of these things that we hope for and look forward to will ultimately satisfy.  The event we’ve been waiting for will come and go, and we’ll be left wondering what the next thing to look forward to is. 

Today, be thankful for where you are.  Be thankful that there are loud noises from the kids that surround your house, or the tiny tree you have in your apartment.  All of these things are a stage of life that we have been placed in, and once it’s gone, we’ll miss it.  And if that doesn’t do it for you, remember the ultimate event we look forward to:  Jesus’ second coming, and our eternity in heaven. 

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.  Also, he has put eternity in man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”  Ecclesiastes 3:11

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