So What Is Next?

What Next?

You are loved when you are born.
You will be loved when you die.
In between, You have to manage…!

I received this bit of life wisdom from a friend on Facebook. I thought it provocative. If I am not sure that the “loved when you die” is automatic. As a pastor I have been asked to do funerals for people in which there were maybe one or two others in attendance. They did not seem to care for the person who had died. They said that they were “doing the right thing” rather than the caring thing.

Hum? What do you think?

Does God automatically love people irrespective of what they do or how they treat people. As a parent I love both of my children. The sound of their voice excites me when they call on the phone. They are both invested in creating opportunity for others and bringing a healing word or process. They have fantastic spouses. But they were not always so grand. And even now they sometimes hurt my wife’s feelings or mine. So what then?

If you are a parent or have long term friends, you know the answer. We forgive and hang in there and hope they forgive us. But what if our kids are hurtful people, and takers rather than givers. Do we feel the same way? What does love mean then.

In his ministry Jesus talked to all sorts of people, some hurting, some generous and kind, some curious and some living by manipulating others. He said of those who knew the faith but did not live it that unless they showed the love of God in their relationships they were not truly children of God. Though generally kind, He could be harsh.

Hum? What do you think?

And this “in between” thing. How am I to find what has true value today? How can I invest my life in what has eternal significance in the midst of the river of life’s moments that come and flow and go?

Hum? How do you sort out the pleasant, the exciting and the valuable?

It seems to me that in order to live a life that is lovable we need to chose to live what has value in God’s eyes.