Let's talk about the end times. Not the end of linear time. But the point at which this world, as we know it, will come to an end.
Now, I've not studied Revelations yet - remember that I'm currently doing the Bible in a year, so being the final book this means I won't reach it until December. And so I'm not sure how much is literal or poetic. I'm unsure if some of us are going to be witnessing the Sun turning red or a beast of some sort. But I have read Luke before so I know this much, chapter 12 verses 2-3 (NLT) say this:
'The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.
Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!'
Imagine if everything you've ever said, done, thought or felt was known publically. It'd be like being on Big Brother, which is bad enough. But way worse. All those things you thought about your Mum in anger. All those times you picked your nose. All those times you've snoozed your alarm and been 'late' to Uni.
But I'm sure I'm not the only one who's actions have come back to bite them on the butt. Am I right?
Although I'm not a farmer, it's true that what I plant - I reap. The things I do now - are seeds that are planted, that grow and can be seen later on. I either plant beautiful flowers or big fat weeds.
Why would I go around hurling insults if it's going to hurt my friends and leave me without anyone to lean on when I need support? And why would I spend my days being lazy and showing up late, if it's going to lead others to believe that I'm unreliable?
Do you see the pattern here? What we do has a ripple affect.
Sometimes it's so easy to forget to pay attention to ourselves. We can roll through the day responding to our emotions, making acceptions for our behaviours because we 'felt like it' only to regret it later on. How can we stop this?
Well we've got to stop living like robots. We need to be awake and aware of what we're doing as we're doing it. I know it sounds all 'hippy' but this is called being Mindful.
The Wife of Noble Character is the prime example of someone who has taken time to actively recognise what seeds they're planting in their life. Proverbs 31 verse 31 (NLT) says this,
'Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.'
Yes, this is a digital era. But no, we're not robots. We have valid emotions and it's time to give them the space and respect they deserve before we let them dictate our actions. We have the capacity to act and not just react.
'You will surely eat what your hands have worked for. You will be happy, and it will go well for you.' Psalm 128:2 (HCS)