Many years ago there was a preacher by the name of Jack Exum who often liked to talk about the T.C. Principle. The meaning behind the T.C. was simple… It meant, “Things Change”. You actually don’t have to live that long now days to realize the truth of that principle. And, of course as you deal with life today you are, as many of us are, surely amazed at how quickly things change.
How quickly things change
Honestly, 4 or 5 weeks ago we were planning vacations; we were excited about school graduations; talking about what we would do when the kids were out of school for the summer. We were looking forward to cooking out in the back yard with our friends. In short we were planning for the future with hope and expectation, but things changed didn’t they.
Our focus changed
In just a matter of days for many the focus has changed from being excited about the future to wondering if we will survive this present crisis of the Corona19 virus. I know that for some who are quarantined in their home… they are loosing hope. How many know someone who has contracted this virus or has died of this virus already and they tell us it is only going to get worse. What are we to do? What can we do?
Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t!
Let me suggest a couple of things: First, you take all of the precautions you can to keep yourself safe physically. You act wisely, conserve your resources and do what you can with your own abilities. Second, you begin to take a close look at what really matters in life.
For much of our world the concept of God or Religion has become something to be laughed at as a silly superstition. Those who practice their Christian faith openly have been ridiculed and in some places in our world actually persecuted. Perhaps it is time for you to rethink your position of God and Religion.
Where is your hope?
Things change in this world, quickly, and often not the way we would want, but there are some things that never change. And the most solid thing you can hold on to is our God. There is an old hymn that proclaims: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness”. Hope of what you might ask, it is the Hope of something better than what we have here in this life. It is the hope of eternal life with our God after this life is over.
The Apostle Paul trying to encourage early Christians about life and death says: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, “Our friends, we want you to know the truth about those who have died, so that you will not be sad, as are those who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will take back with Jesus those who have died believing in him”.
You need protection in this scary world of ours!
Is our world a scary place, is it sometimes a discouraging place or even a depressing place? Yes it can be… IF you do not have any hope. I don’t know about you, but for me, My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and his righteousness. And as another old hymn says, “This world is not my home I’m just a passing through, my treasure is laid up somewhere beyond the blue.” How about you?