Yes, less like Eeyore. But Eeyore is a cute little purple donkey who, other than seeing gray clouds instead of the silver linings, is a very sweet guy. We could be WAY worse than an Eeyore.
In fact, we could and might be one of the those that Paul prophesied about in 2 Timothy 3:1-4 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” do we know anyone like that? Are we like that?
Some people say that these must be the End Times. Jesus describes the signs of the End of the Age in Matthew 24:7-8, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” He goes on to tell more of what to expect…but warns “No one knows about the day or the hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand-mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:36-44)
I am not a bible scholar and do not profess to be, but I think that since Creation…since Man became cognizant of guilt and sin and chose to act out of selfishness that it has been the beginning of the end times. In Deuteronomy, written about 1400 B.C. Moses speaks of the love relationship between the Israelites and their sovereign God. This book calls God’s people to accept their chosen position obediently, with total commitment. Chapter 28:1-7 says, “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock – the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and when you go out. the Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.”
” Now what I commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven…No, the word is very near you: it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep His commands, decrees and laws; then you will live…But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn to bow down to gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed…This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life…(Deuteronomy 30:11-20).
LIFE is a choice. “Now choose life” is not a recommendation…it is an imploration. A plea, a prayer…God is not forcing His way with us, but He is hoping…even begging us to make the choice that will bring us joy and blessings to ourselves and to others. His desire is for us to know what it is to love and have peace and joy…not to have bitterness and worry and be miserable.
I used to think of blessings as gifts… a load of Christmas presents, a loving family, food on the table…but Genesis 12:2,3 says, to Abram “I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing…all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” In other words, God doesn’t bless us for the “buck to stop” with us… just for us to be the recipient of His generosity. God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others.
There is an interesting paradox…people that give the most receive the most. I don’t recommend keeping a score card of what you give away versus what you get, because what you get back may not be measurable except in the feeling that you get in your soul knowing that you have made a choice to be a blessing.
Are these The End Times? I have no idea. Do I think it is a good idea to live thoughtfully, intentionally just in case? Absolutely. Jesus’ second coming may not be tomorrow…but there is no guarantee that tomorrow will come. Years ago I used to sing a few solos with a traveling college church choir. The two songs that I sang were “One Day at a Time” and “Tomorrow” by BeBe Winans. “Jesus said, ‘I am he who supplies all your needs’ And you said ‘I know, but tomorrow’. ..Jesus said, ‘Here I stand, won’t you please let me in?’ And you said, ‘I will tomorrow’…Tomorrow, who promised you tomorrow? Better choose the Lord today, for tomorrow very well might be too late…don’t let this moment slip away…your tomorrow could very well begin today.”
The devil can’t keep you out of heaven, but if you let him, he can throw enough junk in your life to keep you focused on things that don’t matter and prevent you from being the blessing that you were meant to be.
“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1).
Enjoy the journey. Be a blessing. Peace.