Saturday, June 1, 2013

Rise up, Go Forward, Make a Difference

10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. 12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.  –Psalm 49:10-12 (KJV)

Ask about anyone over the age of 50 and they will know who Bill Haley was.  Bill Haley was one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.  His early influence on the genre became legendary and his songs sold millions of copies.  Many people dream of what they would do if they ever attained such fame and wealth.  However, reports indicate Bill Haley died a recluse with little contact with the world.  One source stated he lived the latter years of his life in such solitary seclusion that upon his death his neighbors did not know who he was.  Most of them did not realize they were living near a music legend.

God’s Word reminds us of how people from all walks of life die each day.  Those with great wealth then leave their riches to others.  Many mistakenly believe their wealth will sustain them and provide happiness and security through their lives.  Sadly, they realize this is not the case, as people like Mr. Haley demonstrate.  In the end, their great wealth could not provide the peace, joy, and happiness people typically desire.  How do I know Bill Haley was an unhappy man?  The answer is I do not.  I only know that shutting ourselves off from other people and living lives of seclusion usually indicates inner turmoil.  I have known people who were always seeking to give of themselves and strived to make a continual positive difference in the world.  These persons are by all indications happy and well adjusted. 

Christ calls us to step out on faith and be a part of the world by making a positive difference in it.  As long as we are physically able, we benefit from rising up each day and seizing the opportunities before us for personal and spiritual growth.  We shine the light of Christ to a lost and hurting world through being out among those who need this light, not by shutting ourselves off from the world.  I have no idea the struggles you may be facing right now.  Yet, I do know that withdrawing from others and the light of day will only dampen your outlook.  Christ empowers us to stand and move forward to the brighter day He has promised. 

Jesus Christ helps us to overcome the mountains we face.  Christ empowers us to go forward when we feel like giving up.  Resist the urge to quit.  Stand firm and go forward.  You have much to live for.  Go forward in Jesus’ name.

God bless you today.