Life On Your Terms

Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2

If this text is any type of proof, Christians are easily deceived about end times. I’m not exactly sure why that is. Perhaps, we just want to go to heave quicker. Or maybe we like it when, as the Bible says, preachers tickle our ears. With the internet and cable television, the prophecies of end times scenarios proliferate and spread fast. Of course it doesn’t help that news travels at blinding speeds now and the entire world is shut down because of a microscopic virus.

One thing leads to another and before you know it, conspiracy theories abound and the Lord will be returning before the end of the week, according to the latest. I am exaggerating but not by much. The latest was He’d return on or right before Inauguration Day. Many hopes were dashed.

And it’s all a huge distraction.

People get uptight. They fret over something that may never happen. They even make plans for when the end of the world comes. The Prepper industry is enormous. Gun sales are through the roof for the umpteenth year in a row.

Social media picks it up and it’ll spread like wildfire.

Paul told us not to be unsettled or alarmed.

Buy your prepper gear as you see fit and your guns and ammo, but don’t obsess.

And then, live your life on your terms.

Play your game, and not someone else’s.
Learn a hobby.
Teach a skill to someone else.
Memorize a few verses.
Read a book.
Pray for your pastor and his family.
Have coffee with a friend.

As His return approaches, the noises will get louder and louder. Pay them no heed.

Life your life.

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