What is the world that we know? This world is full of war, and famine and death… politics, underachievers, systematic decline. People hurting people just because they can. People taking advantage of others, for financial gain. What can we understand about the health of human society based on the facts… based on the signs we see all around us? Is “the human condition” so bad that all hope is lost? Well, that depends on your point of view.
As a person that sees the good in things (at least that’s what I look for… sometimes I don’t find what I’m looking for), I understand that it is all too easy to become overwhelmed by what the world would have me focus on. The trick for me is not to focus on the world, and the temporary, but on the things that have lasting value, the things that belong to the kingdom of God. I don’t dismiss the fact that there are things in this world that are negative. I am not always successful in focusing on the positive. I do however understand this thing… that if I look for the negative, the negative is what I will find. That is the reason I choose to be “perpetually juvenile” in my search for the positive…because I want to see the good, I want to see the things of God revealed here on earth. Make no mistake my friends, the negative will always scream in your ear, while the positive whispers from your shoulder. Will you see freedom found in God, the freedom from the chains that bind an addict, or an alcoholic, if you choose to focus on the addiction, and not on the freedom? No. Will you see the acceptance of thousands and thousands into God’s kingdom if you focus on the mistakes made after salvation, rather than on the salvation? No.
Have you ever seen the beauty of a rainbow in the sky while you were staring into the mud at your feet? …No.
See Matthew 22:36-40. ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
I am simply a man in love with God, watching the rainbow, because He loved me first. This is also the world I know… and it’s a world I am understanding more and more.