Ahh adulting. How did we end up here? As a kid you thought this was going to be amazing. Just like the movie “big” with Tom Hanks. You would get paid to play with toys all day. Play terrible off key music on a life size piano. I mean you have to be realistic you’re not going to be as good at playing the piano…but the rest totally doable. Eat all the candy you could shove in your face, have an indoor trampoline and maybe a butler who can belch the alphabet. You know,…..the finer things in life.And finally in the end you could go back to being a kid. But…and we are talking a but so big that your dream can’t fit through the front door to show you the light of day. That’s right you played hot potatoe with responsibility and lost.  A full time job, car payments, rent, marriage and two kids later here we are. 

Parenting is hard. I mean we have to get a license to drive a car. We have to get certified for jobs that are much easier than parenting. And yet almost anyone can be a parent. In fact, lots of people are parents because of poor decision making. But as a parent there are times when I think…dang I’m not sure I’m qualified to do this. 

Let’s say these things, we shall henceforth refer to as children, actually came with an instruction manual. That’s right “how to keep your kids alive for dummies.” I mean let’s face it, these things are set to self destruct and we are nature’s bomb squad experts. And no matter how diligent we are sometimes they still explode with poopy diapers or melt downs. Even if there was this magical book available for parents, I’m convinced the section on My kids would be in chinese. *pretends to flip through a book muttering repeatedly, “please have pictures…please” 

Funny how now as an adult I wish I could take one of those naps I used to fight against so much. It’s completely true about the grass being greener on the other side. Have you ever thought about that? Why do we always look longingly at some future goal or at someone else’s set up in life?

Here’s what I think. Each of us was made with an inner desire for eternity. That greener grass we long for will only be acheived in heaven. Money runs out. Cruises eventually have to come back to shore. Netflix binge watching eventual takes us to the last episode. Eventually we breath our last breath. Death stings us so much because we were made for eternity.

“He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord G od will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken.”

Is 25:8 NASB

“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”

John 14:2‭-‬3 NASB

When we are tempted to wish we were on the green side, we should fix our eyes on the one who was, and is and is to come. We can have a taste of heaven right now. 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the ultimate prize. May you allow us to feel your kingdom on this earth. May your presence energize us today with a taste of eternity.  You have our permission to make our side of the fence  greener today. Amen.


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