Goodbye May 21, 2011

Here in Ukraine May 21, 2011 is coming to a close. Nothing chaotic or unusual happened at 6 p.m., except my apartment’s cold water stopped working. I guess when you need a shower that is a bit of a tragedy.

Regardless, I’m glad the world didn’t get any crazier today. The apocalyptic prophesies do bring to mind a few things though.

1.How much different would we live if we really did expect it to be our last? What would we do differently? And why don’t we live that way?

I’m sure I would be much more intent to let those in my life know how important they are to me and how much more God cares for them. I’m also sure I would spend less time online and more time investing in those relationships.

2. We can poke fun and ridicule the followers of this belief that the rapture would occur today, and for the most part that is what the whole world is doing right now. If I’m honest even I’ve been singing REM’s “It’s the end of the world as we know it”all day.

Think about it, are snide remarks and laughter at the expense of others how we should treat our deceived brothers and sisters? How often do we not tell others about Christ because we fear people will treat us the same way we are treating them?

They are probably in need of some prayers right now as everything they have based their hopes on didn’t come to pass as expected. I’m praying that they find truth instead of turning away from God completely (and that they find a new pastor!!)

3. I’m glad the rapture didn’t happen today. Don’t get me wrong. I’m excited at the thought of being in the presence of God and out of the muck that comes with being on earth. There are a lot of people that don’t know Him though, that won’t be enjoying the beauty and majesty of eternal glory. There are many people I love included in that number.

Just this week as I talked with students planning to come to summer camp I heard statements like “well I’m not really a spiritual person” or “I don’t believe there can just be one answer” or “Of course I’m a spiritual person, I’m Ukrainian.”

Though if I really cared, wouldn’t I be quicker to tell them about Christ despite what they may think or say simply out of love?

And on a selfish note, I’m glad we’re all still here ’cause I’m not married yet 😉 Just sayin…

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