I used to love singing the refrain of this old hymn:
When we all get to heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!
This song reflects a specific worldview, and as Chuck Colson used to relentlessly proclaim, “worldview matters!” Our worldview—how we see the world, what we believe and value in life that makes life worthwhile—ultimately determines the destination for which we strive.
If your worldview is summed up by the philosophy of ‘eat, drink and be merry,’ because you see nothing else to life, then it makes no difference what destination you choose. Anything is okay because it doesn’t matter. Heaven isn’t real, and the song means nothing.
For us who believe, if Christ is not risen from the dead, then as the apostle Paul declares, our faith is useless. There is no ultimate, higher reality to bother about, so go for whatever gusto pushes your button.
The truth is we place our hope in Christ because He is indeed risen! That means our longings and desires are for the destination about which we sing—the prize before us, the Eternal City promised to those whose life is hidden in Christ where there will be no more tears or sorrow, no more pain. It is destination where perfect peace and indescribable joy with our Savior, who gave Himself for us, will be forever and we’ll sing and shout the victory!
Which brings us to …
GrandPause: Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone. -Unknown
Most grandparents I know want to be liked by their grandchildren. But is being liked by your grandkids what it means to be a successful grandparent?
Mama Cass Elliot, of the famed Mamas and Papas, had a 1968 hit a song called Dream A Little Dream of Me. It was a Mama Cass favorite. The refrain went like this:
Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you,
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you.
But in your dreams, whatever they be,
Dream a little dream of me.
Like Mama Cass, all of us long for love—someone to dream about and who dreams about us. After all, who doesn’t want to know that someone cares enough to make us a meaningful part of his or her dreams?
Grandparents want that too.
“To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power for ever and ever!” Rev. 5:13
The movie Australia a moving story dealing with the destructive evils of greed, pride and prejudice in that vast land surrounding the WWII years. The film depicts the powerful role of song and story among the Aboriginal and a young Aborigine boy. Separated from his newly “adopted” English mother because of tragic circumstances, he says, “I will sing you to me. I will sing you home.”
The power of song has long been established even in Scripture. From Moses to David, music was a primary instrument for telling story. As the singers and musicians sang and played at the dedication of Solomon’s Temple, the glory of the Lord filled the place. Elisha called for a harpist to as he prepared to receive a message from the Lord. God told Jehoshaphat to appoint singers to lead the army in battle to defeat the Ammonites without any losses to their own army. Zephaniah records how God rejoices over us with singing. And in Revelation, we have many examples of singing that tells the story of redemption and declares the praises of His people over Him.
Godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Tim. 6:6
Most Americans comprise that 5% part of the world’s population that possesses 95% of the world’s wealth. It doesn’t take long to figure out that in spite of material options and resources discontentment still reigns. Enough is never enough. We always want more and savvy marketers understand that and make sure we are constantly reminded of it.
We might assume that the other 95% with little or nothing are fatalistically content with their circumstances. But that is not true. The poor worry about what to eat or even where to sleep. They envy the rich and will even steal from each other to get more. Discontentment is just as rampant among the poor as it is the rich. Contentment is the illusive longing of every human being, no matter what the circumstance. So, where do we find contentment?