I Have To

Published on Jun 22nd, 2016 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
I Have To

I Have To

Being that I am born and raised in the Northeast Ohio area I must write today about the Cleveland Cavaliers and their historic come from behind victory to claim the National Basketball Association world championship. After over 50 years of no championships, after being called “The Mistake by the Lake,” after suffering all kinds of jokes about bankruptcy and rivers catching on fire, after having a mayor who believes he was connected in his mind to his UFO sighting, after the Drive, the Fumble, and the Shot…we can finally add, Cleveland: Home of the NBA World Champions. I have to be honest, it feels good to be from a championship city. Winning a championship does not wipe out all of the other negative things but it does give us something positive for the plus side.

I should probably begin to point out the spiritual lessons that I have learned from all of this. Lessons about how I was lost but then because of Jesus I have become victorious (a truly glorious thing) or how we should not allow negative things to completely define us but should allow the grace of God to define our self esteem. Those are great lessons and ones that I did think about while writing this little blog. But, in reality, what I am taking away from this little victory is that there are some good times to be had in this life. Good times that mean very little for eternity but can be shared with those around you. Family, friends, believers and unbelievers alike can all share a moment or two of goodness. I think I had more fun watching my friend Andy whoop and holler that the Cavs won than I did watching the Cavs win. It was a shared moment that I will carry with me for a long time.

I don’t want to rip any verse out of context but James 1:17 says that “every good and perfect gift is from above.” James is certainly talking about more loftier things than a basketball game (maybe football, come on Browns). But God does bring all goodness into our lives. Sharing that goodness with others is such a blessing. Summer has just begun. Use this summer as an opportunity to share a moment of goodness with a friend, or neighbor, or family member. Watch some fireworks, have a picnic, go to a baseball game, eat a big Hot Dog (I mean veggie dog) together, go to a movie, anything decent that brings a smile.

Two things will happen. One your heart will be warmed and your bond with that person will grow. The second thing that will happen is that you will quickly realize how small that moment is in comparison with the eternity that God has given to us. It does not diminish the moment but it does create a longing for that eternity where every moment will be good.

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