2015: Our Last Year?

Does the title scare you?
I know it might for a lot of people. I believe there are many reasons why.

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If this is indeed the last year on our planet, what does that mean?

Fear is Is Easy to Come by These Days

I won’t go into all the detail of all the bad things going on on our world right now. A simple glance here or here or here is plenty enough of scary headlines.

I am spending this year, in part, with a new plan to dig deeper into my relationship with God. Specifically, I’m working intentionally on mission, life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.

Because I believe he is, as he said he would, returning very soon. The kingdom of God is coming here to take those waiting for it. Many, many who do not call this world home are waiting. I’m waiting.

Truly, this world is slipping into an abyss. It cannot last much longer in the state it’s in with so much evil happening. Indeed so much evil on the rise. Not to mention the evil from just the last 100 years this planet has endured.

100 years ago World War One, or the Great War was still in its beginning stages. It was called “The War to End All Wars.” Little did everyone know it was just the beginning of a century with more bloodshed, death and the spread of evil than ever in the earth’s history. I wish it was the only major world conflict but it was only the beginning.

What Does Your Future Look Like – Bright or Dark?

While other eras in history might come close, the last 100 years have seen more changes both for good and bad come here than any other time in our history. One can make a good case we are living in the last days of earth’s history.

But the question is, is that good news or bad news for you? Does it make you smile and fill you with hope, joy and peace or does it fill you with dread, worry or anxiety?

In his book Fearless Max Lucado has a whole chapter on the fear of disasters. I think he makes a good point to remind us,

Nature is a pregnant creation, third trimester heavy. When a tornado rips through a city in Kansas or an earthquake flattens a region in Pakistan, this is more than barometric changes or shifts of ancient fault lines. The universe is passing through the final hours before delivery. Pain contractions are in the forecast. p. 155

What this world needs, what everyone who is alive needs, is peace. I wish this world wasn’t so evil. I wish the Christmas proclamation of “Peace on earth” would come true. But sadly, it hasn’t and will not. Not until God intervenes and brings this whole thing to an end himself.

Let’s Remember Who’s In Control

When I introduce people to this concept I say, we are living in a Story. One with a beginning and with an end. We are very near to the end. Whether and when the story ends doesn’t depend on us. Of course whether we embrace its ending is wholly dependent on our choice.

If the world is our only story and if all we ever want consists in what we can see around us, there is plenty of reason to fear what’s coming.

If, on the other hand, our vision includes a better world and a world that can never be taken from us because it’s beyond any reach of the evil of this life — then we shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Right?

As he well put it in Fearless, Max Lucado says,

Global conflicts indicate our date on the maternity calendar. We are in the final hours, just a few pushes from delivery, a few brief ticks on eternity’s clock from the great crowning of creation. A whole new world is coming! p. 159

I invite you to return here often in the coming weeks and months to explore with me how we can get to the point of truly not worrying about it.

I’m Wondering: What does not worrying about the future look like to you?

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