Real Life – September 23, 2022

09.23.22 | Lakeland Times Article | by Steve Rowe

Real Life – September 23, 2022

    Real Life -- Lakeland Times -- September 23, 2022

    Real Life with Pastor Steve

    September 23, 2022

    If we knew that the end of a book, movie, or series was redemptive, positive, restorative… it would give us hope through those uncomfortable, tragic, or dramatic moments of crisis as the story unfolded.

      If you are like me, you do not like spoilers.  You want to experience a story through its greatest difficulties, with all the mystery and suspense… not knowing what will happen in the end. Think “Star Wars” or “Lord of the Rings.”  Quite often, it looks like the “bad guys” win, darkness prevails.  But the best stories have both a turning point, and an ending that brings relief, joy… where goodness prevails.  We endure the earlier drama in hopes of a good ending.  My question is this… why don’t we view life, and the world we experience now, through that same lens?  Because in a very real way, sometimes it feels like the “bad guys” are winning.  It feels like death, disease, conflict, abuse, hatred win. Maybe we assume that’s how it all ends. However, there has already been a turning point (Jesus), and in the end, ultimate goodness will prevail… redemption and restoration the goal. Evil… does not win. And when you have even a glimpse of the end, it gives you hope to not only endure all the “drama” we experience now… but to bring a little more of that hope, love and goodness into that “drama” now.  Maybe even to help to change the current scene, in a good way.   And that’s…real life. ~Pastor Steve – Eaglebrook Church

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