Up & Down
People who know you best, would they describe you as optimistic? Do you take the positive view of things more often than the negative? I hear people all the time describe themselves as a cup half empty or cup half full personality. Which are you, do you think?
In interviews after sporting events, a star player describes the game and their confidence to win. Usually they say something like, “Hey, I knew all along we could pull this thing out if we just…“
The rest of those words might be anything. “If we we got the deficit to single digits, if we just kept making shots, kept playing defense, or kept talking to our teammates.” The losing team usually wasn’t as robust about the game result. Often the team which lost just wanted to get on the team bus and move to the next game.
Life has a way of putting us all in situations where we get to decide what perspective and attitude we’ll portray privately and publicly. This weekend we wrap up the January series, "Bigger Jesus = Bigger Life", taken from Colossians in the Bible. If you missed any of these four lessons, the podcasts are on the Journey website and Journey app for your convenience.
My goal in this final outline is to keep things simple; make things real, historical, and relevant for us today. The more I read about these early Jesus followers the more I believe they were people just like us, with similar human struggles of life and relationships.
How is that, you might ask? Truly, they never ate a Big Mac or heard of an iPhone but they certainly fought with despair, discouragement, and pessimism just like today. People are just people with doubts and hang ups; especially in regards to getting along with each other in the world. Our divisive nature today is not a modern phenomenon as a result of politics or progressive thinkers or uncertain immigration policies.
The animosity and anger and negativity people often demonstrate with strangers, neighbors, and even family at times has a toxic impact. Differences between people goes back, way back. The first brother, Cain, took a rock and killed his only brother, Abel; Genesis 4:8. That is what we might call a dysfunctional family today. People can be a mess; we are all people.
We might begin to imagine this is as good as it can be. Hopelessness in all areas of life begins to settle in and despair takes over. Does it have to be that way? What if endless strife in our modern world became an opportunity rather than a crisis? Jesus not only came to save us from our sin, but from ourselves. He came to this world to offer everyone better ideas and ways to be friendlier neighbors?
The car radio just played this chorus, “Everyone has their own set of troubles, everyone has their own set of dues, walk a mile in another man’s shoes.” Tell everybody you meet, we really are in this together; let’s work out some stuff together. Let’s do our best to be up more than down.
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