Fresh Hope – 7th November 2016

I love a good American movie that goes like this:

Everyday ordinary man/woman is living a comfortable but unfulfilled life, struggling to get some big break so they can feel they’ve arrived.

Then disaster strikes! An alien invasion, a creature from the blue lagoon or a rogue shark on the loose in a quiet seaside town, breaks the peace and turns everybody’s lives upside down.

After lots of drama, ups and downs and maybe a car chase our hero/heroine and most of their family survive (maybe an uncle or irritating cousin are eaten). They are left with a deep appreciation of life.

Despite their actual situation being worse than at the beginning of the film (house and worldly possessions destroyed by a radioactive sea monster) they’ve never been happier because of a new perspective on what they do have, rather than what they don’t have.

There’s some kind of reconciliation between people, maybe even a wedding.

The end…roll credits.

This can reflect our lives. We may have family, a roof over our heads and food on the table but deep down we’re dissatisfied, frustrated and waiting for something we don’t yet have.

Let’s not wait for an earthquake or zombie invasion to break out before we realise what we have!

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 says ‘Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’

What a verse!

‘Light and momentary troubles’ is that alien invasion! Our very lives threatened is classed as light, in comparison with the eternal glory we will enjoy with Jesus Christ.

I don’t know what tragic situation you may be in the middle of, or maybe you’re at the start of the film, frustrated and feel a lack of meaning and direction. Stop and take stock today.

Jesus Christ is the meaning of life – the twist at the end of the film that suddenly makes sense of it all. When we start to live this way knowing it ends well while still fighting zombies, peace comes into our lives and we can relax and enjoy the action!

Every day, wake up and thank God, be appreciative of what you do have and make the most of the adventure. Above all else, keep your focus on He who puts perspective and meaning to the script of our lives!

Luke Cartwright

A daily devotion for a better way of living.