Bending over, my right hand squeezing the back of the bus bench and my other hand clutching my left knee, I tried to catch my breath after Ernie and I had power walked three blocks so as not to miss the bus that would carry us downtown to work.
After standing still and sucking in the cool, humid, morning air, I could feel my heart returning to ‘lob-dub, lob-dub,’ normal. As my body calmed, I heard the bus, fifty yards away, straining to top the hill. I couldn’t smell any exhaust fumes, yet. We’d made it! I half smiled.
Ernie, who is in better shape than I am, recovered before I did and said, “Do you think anyone really cares?”
He’d picked up a conversation he started prior to and during our hurrying to the bus stop. “About what?”
Without bothering to recap, Ernie said, “I think they think they know all this stuff already, so as soon as they think they know everything they need to know, they quit listening. They refuse to hear anything else.”
“And your point?” I scrambled to recall what he had been saying.
“Well, look what they’re missing.”
I climbed three steps, following Ernie, onto the bus and handed the driver two dollars and he handed me back some change. I sat down beside Ernie, in the middle of the bus.
Here are the comments I remember from Ernie:
Part 1: The Problem
Truth is, we’re fighting a battle for our life. Ernie asked, “Are we aware of what is going on? Are we concerned? Are we aware of who and what we’re up against?”
The battle is John 10:10, ‘The thief comes … I’ve come ….’ The choice is life or death. We may suppose it doesn’t matter, but it absolutely does matter, because we’re physically going to die. Ernie says, “Some may remember us for a while. Then we’ll be forgotten. Someone, at sometime, may find our name listed somewhere, maybe a family tree, but there will be almost nothing mentioned concerning our life.”
So, whoever comes across our name may read it and ask: ‘I wonder who that was?’ and then simply move on to the next name. Yet, we are known. There are big dreams for us. Does God exist? We may have spent most of our physical life wholly distracted from finding out for ourselves. It’s now that we have a chance to focus on who we know little, almost nothing, about. God offers us an opportunity to know him through the one he sent, Jesus.
We don’t have to accept that God made us, that God loves us, or that God desires us to live with him forever. It’s our choice. Soon, probably quicker than we expect, our battle will be over and we’ll be physically lifeless. We’ll be done here, but we will have moved into forever. The problem: our temporary life will be past, our battle will be over.
Part 2: Why the Problem hasn’t been Solved
Some are in denial. But while you breathe there’s an offer facing you, because of Christ. And isn’t it interesting that God has this ability to make you feel special, like it’s just you and him? You don’t think this is a big deal?
“Well, consider this,” Ernie said, “alive, in the world now are over seven billion people and God knows each one of them intimately. God knows you better than you know yourself. The hairs on your head are even numbered. Nothing you do is a surprise to God. Everything you do, you do in front of God. There is no where you can get to that God isn’t already there. It’s useless to run. It’s useless to hide.”
You don’t have to acknowledge God. But the invitation to know him is held out to you just the same Is it time for you to reach out and accept the invitation?
God is here. God knows what he is doing. God can be trusted. Come and see.
Part 3: What is Different Now?
The door of opportunity exists. Of course when you’re dead, someone will move into the place you’ve called, “home.” However, while no one remembers you, while your name is rarely, if ever, spoken, you are still alive in eternity. This is the way God decided it would be.
Existence is eternal, not merely temporary. God in his mercy offers you a place with him in his kingdom, forever. What an unimaginable gift we have been given. Notwithstanding, knowing the truth can be frightening.
Ernie said, “It was Jesus who said, ‘if you have ears to hear, listen.’ It’s what everyone ought to do when facing truth.”
We came to our stop. We got off the bus and entered another world.
Audio: How to Solve Problems with Why and Because
Wisdom comes to us from various places doesn’t it?
Here a piece
There a piece
until we are able to reach a level of comprehending what had been a mystery. Obviously, with discernment, our collection of wisdom works to figure out a problem.
For instance, I found this to be helpful:
To understand a problem ask 5 why questions and answer with 5 because reasons;
3- Why? Because.
I TRIED IT
My Example: Why does conflict and chaos happen?
1-Why is there so much conflict and chaos in my life? Because it creates a distraction.
2-Why distract me? Because then I’ll major in minors.
3-Why are minors trouble? Because they prevent me from discovering a primary truth.
4-Why is this important? Because it is the chief matter of life.
5-Why should I care? Because Jesus Christ is the most significant relationship I can possess.
Conclusion: Within conflict and chaos there exists a seed of opportunity.
YOU TRY IT
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