<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-94" src="http://i1.wp.com/justafamilystory.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/BIGGER.jpg?resize=560%2C315" alt="BIGGER" srcset="http://i1.wp.com/justafamilystory.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/BIGGER.jpg?w=560 560w, http://i1.wp acheter viagra en france.com/justafamilystory.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/BIGGER.jpg?resize=300%2C169 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 560px) 100vw, 560px” data-recalc-dims=”1″ />I recently had a conversation that I found quite disturbing. The conversation was with a friend who noticed me checking the news on my phone. My friend made a comment about finding out what’s going on and then proceeded to tell me how rubbish the world was. At first I thought he was joking, but when I pushed a bit harder I discovered that he was very serious. He had some strong views about the state of the world, in particular our treatment of the environment and natural world, as well as concerns that no-one was doing anything to help and that everyone in authority was corrupt and in it for themselves. I found a few things about this disturbing.
- Firstly, he is too young to be that cynical. In his early 20s, I was shocked at the bleakness of his outlook.
- Secondly the hopelessness of his outlook. He really seemed to see no redeeming hope worth celebrating in our world.
As our conversation continued, I tried to present a different side to the argument. I spoke of the miracle of modern medicine and education. I proclaimed the leaps forward in discovery and science that allows us to reach in to space. I pointed out that there are people laying down their lives to help those living in extreme poverty and deprivation.
I came away from the conversation wondering about how I approach life and the world around me. I am under no illusion about the state of the world. The needs in my own community are enough to cause despair and yet I choose to live in hope.
This is not a hope born of ignorance or being unaware but is deeply rooted in what I believe it means to be a Christian. As a Christian I believe that my life is a small part of a much bigger story. The Bible tells a story that begins with creation, ends with a new creation and in the centre is the most remarkable person Jesus, who helps us to move from the old to the new. The Bible calls the people who trust in Jesus “new creations” and so I live with the perspective that everything isn’t rubbish, everything isn’t hopeless or going down the drain. Everything is being or going to be made new.
I live in the hope that things can and will change,
that the darkness of the world will be brought into light,
that the hurting can be healed,
that the lost can be found,
and that the broken can be made again into something beautiful.
There is a story being told that is much bigger than you or I. Perhaps we should try to glimpse that bigger story from time to time and allow it to be reflected in our attitude and actions in the world.
“Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5