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If you could fast forward to a specific date in the future, when would it be?
For some reason, anytime a prompt like this comes along, a prompt dealing with the future, the old song by Zager and Evans comes to my mind, 2525. I remember hearing it as a kid, and always found it to be a haunting melody. What many have pointed out, is how eerie some of their predictions have turned out to be. Maybe Zager and Evans were really alien beings sent here to give us a glimpse of the future through the medium of a quirky 60’s song! Then again, maybe not!
But, if we do not want to venture to 2525 or 3535 or 4545 or . . . well, you get the point, then when? Well, I guess I could come up some suggestions. For instance, I could choose this October, when I will turn the big 4-0. Or, ten years from then when I will be the even bigger 5-0! Or, I could choose my daughters first day of school, or graduation, or (I don’t want to even think about it) wedding day!
I must admit, I have never had much of a desire to be a time traveler; at least, not into the realm of the future. Oh, I am sure, it would be interesting and exciting to do; to see all the new technologies and discoveries. But, let me be honest, I do not use a good many of the technologies of our own day and time! I remember a few years ago, I went to buy a new cellphone. The salesperson was extolling the capabilities and technology of this phone and that phone.
Why, this phone can send and receive X number of texts per minute.
And this one can send and receive emails in the blink of an eye.
This phone has a high-resolution camera and video.
And this model allows you to type documents and spreadsheets.
I remember nodding my head and thanking him for his help and excitement over the products he was peddling. Then I asked a very simple question, But, do you have one that will make and receive phone calls?!
You see, I did not want a phone with a camera. If I wanted a camera, I thought, I would go buy a camera! I do not need a phone to type documents on, that is why I have a laptop! I understand the whole multi-tasking thing, but when does that become overload? I mean, I do not need a car that is also a toaster oven. Or a TV that doubles as an air conditioner!
Sometimes, simplicity is to be preferred. Where what is what and not that!
As a Christian, we believe in an eschatological hope. We believe in a future day, when Christ will return to earth and establish his kingdom forever. This hope is an integral part of our faith. In fact, it is one of the triads: faith, hope and love. In his letter to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul taught that these three now abide, but the greatest of the three is love (1 Cor. 13.13). Why? One day faith will be sight; thus, it will no longer be needed. One day hope will be realization, that which is hoped for will become reality; thus, it will no longer be needed. But, love . . . love will last for all eternity.
That future day of our hope is an important aspect of our faith. It is, in part, what gives us the stamina and the encouragement to continue living faithfully in this life. For any Christian, the thought of the day when they will behold Christ is an awesome one. Knowing one day we will find ourselves home, free from sin and disease and sickness, free from burdens and struggles, free to live with Christ forever gives us hope and fills us with expectation.
Now that I think about it, that would not be such a bad day to choose!