Wednesday, December 14, 2016

THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE

I do not spend much time thinking of the future.  I am human and do have a couple of concerns of how my end will play out---the concern is not the final chapter--but instead the help that might be needed in those final days.  As for the Christmas's of the future, I can honestly say they never enter the cycle of thoughts whirling around in the vast sea of gray matter.



Finding myself far too caught up in the trappings of Christmas present, it becomes difficult to see beyond December 25 most days.  A never ending list to accomplish  so that I cn succeed in a successful celebration clouds my future vision.  If I were to stop and think of Christmas Future, what would truly matter about those future celebrations?

Scrooge had a wake up call when the final ghost visited him that night.  When he saw how he would be remembered, how his actions of today played out in the living of the future, he was deeply saddened.  Saddened enough to change the course of his life.

What we all desire is to be remembered with fondness and to leave a good mark on the world.  Who will have memories of me and what will those memories say about me?  Will I be another statistic of cause of death, or will anyone mark my passing with regret?  This, My Friends, will cause the most light hearted to pause in ominous contemplation.  The first Christmas after we have taken our leave of this terrestrial ball, will anyone miss us, will our legacy live on?




I do not have a crystal ball, but what I do have is the ability to begin today to ensure my legacy is beautiful.  Like Scrooge, today is the day to start anew and change the final chapter.  Today is all we have to change how we are remembered in the future.  The next step we take is our path to the future.  The choice is ours to walk the path of self indulgent narcissism or selfless service.  Each step we take is a building block in the legacy of tomorrow. What a privilege to be remembered for finishing well-honoring Jesus as we decrease as He increases in our lives.

The three ghosts of Christmas-past, present, and future are a glimpse into who we are.  If your ghosts could visit you, would you like what they had to say?  No need to fret, no Bah Humbugs necessary--there is still time to change the end of the story.


"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." 
Romans 12:2

5 comments:

  1. Oh Lulu ... Oh what a reflective and somewhat sad post today ... in Advent Season too. True, you talk a lot of sense, as always. But how can I cheer you up?

    "I do not spend much time thinking of the future." Well, I do. Breakfast, lunch, snack, evening meal, breakfast ... and so on. There's a lot to think about over here for me.

    "I am human and do have a couple of concerns of how my end will play out." Well, I don't. I have it all planned. I have built a large catapult at the end of my garden. And when the time comes, when I am old and weak and tired. I will drag myself slowly up the garden path, (it's upwards like a small hill), I will crawl every inch of the way, in the rain, or snow, or if it is in summer in the hot heat of the sun, I will reach that catapult come what may, sit on it, release the mechanism and fly in the air into the neighbour's garden. What an end! What a final chapter. Flying through the air. Not like my uncle, dying with a lot of people shouting and screaming all around him as he drove the bus over the cliff.

    It will be a legend ... although I am not sure whose leg end I'll be holding at the time.

    I genuinely wish you a very happy time, Lulu, and a very long life to be enjoyed with your family and friends who treasure you more than you can ever imagine.

    God bless.

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    1. I am not sad, Victor! The assurance of what lies ahead fills me with great joy. My post is a play on "Scrooge" and food for thought for us all.

      As for the catapult, I want a turn!!

      Blessings, My Friend!

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  2. I think it is safe to say, we all probably think of these things...especially when a person gets on the other side of 40, just saying...been there, doing it. Sadness comes and goes...again, been there and doing it...

    Thank you for speaking your heart...

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    1. Read my reply to Victor, please.
      Blessings, My Friend!

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  3. A timely reminder to live each day in the present. Lately, I have become very "self-centered" but my Christmas wish is to give more of myself to others by showing the love of Christ. Merry Christmas!!!

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Your comments keep my writing and often cause me to think. A written form of a hug or a pat on the back and an occasional slap into reality---I treasure them all!