Living in the Dark

When classes last three hours I sometimes end up sitting on the desk.  It is a vulnerable position because during winter mornings in Massachusetts it is dark when I get up.  Sometimes I end up with mismatched socks much to the amusement of my students.  But this morning I graduated to a new level of unawareness.  Halfway through the day I suddenly realized my shoes were not matched.  They didn’t even look alike.  One was dark brown and the other light brown.  I am so glad I did not have a class today.  I do cultivate the frumpy professor look but this is more in the absent minded professor category.

Getting dressed in the dark is one thing but some people live in the dark.  They don’t have a clue what they are missing if they don’t know Jesus.  Without Jesus they have to cope with their guilt.   Without Jesus they run out of life after a few decades.  Without Jesus life’s great questions, why am I here, where am I going, go unanswered.  Without Jesus there is no hope for anything more than one can manage to grab onto in a short life.

With Jesus “our citizenship is in heaven.”  Philippians 3:20  Heavenly citizenship comes with a privileged passport that merits unlimited visas.  With Jesus life has purpose far beyond the important human responsibility of family.  It is difficult to think of anything more important that raising a healthy family but beyond our imaginations there await us goals and tasks to challenge our ever-growing intellects and characters.  With Jesus we move into the light and out of the darkness.

Written by Roger Bothwell on January 6, 2014

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