My wife and I are in the process of doing some renovations on our house. I’m getting a little too old and creaky to do things like climbing up on the roof, so we are looking for a construction company to come in and do the work. We’ll probably get more than one estimate. When we get it, we will have to decide whether the work is worth the price. But, if the work is important enough to us, we have to be careful not to get lost in the cost. If we wait until later, there may be more damage to the house, the amount of work will increase, and so will the overall cost. So sometimes it pays to spend your money wisely and just get the work done.
l recently drove by one of our local churches. Written on their outside message board was written something like this, “What if people treated their Bible like their cell phone?” Now I admit that am definitely old school when it comes to electronic and computer devices. In fact, I don’t even own a cell phone or a tablet. And while I have a TV, I only use it to watch or to record programs. According to the Washington Times, adults in the US spend 4 1/2 hours a day on their phones. CNN has found that the amount increases to 9 hours a day for US teenagers. And that’s not counting any use of it at school. That’s more than 2 1/2 days a week and more than 136 days of the year. What if they are fortunate enough, 10 For the days of our life, to contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away. (Psalm 90:10) It will fly even faster if we spend that much time on our cell phones.
After spending four years at Jesuit college, I ended up being one of two non-Catholics–me and one young Jewish boy. And, yes, I got saved at a Catholic college. God certainly has a sense of humor. While at college, I was one those unfortunate young men who began to follow my grandfather’s pattern baldness. Hence, the phrase, “hair today, gone tomorrow.” So when I married my wife one week after graduating, I was already tinning out on the top.
I was recently reminded of an old song sung by Bing Crosby in “Going My Way called “The Day After Forever.” Since the movie came out in 1944, I guess that dates me by quite a bit. Actually, it premiered six years before I was born. The final chorus is:
All through a lifetime
I’ll be loving you and then
On the day after forever
I’ll just begin again
Think about it for a moment…the day after forever. Since forever is, by definition, never-ending, what in the world is the day after forever. It’s something that really doesn’t exist. Eternity is eternity. It never stops, so it has no day after. Nor does it have a day before. Yet God has existed throughout all eternity, so if anyone could be in the day after forever, it would be Him.
The crowd was split in their in their feelings. There were those who had been stirred up by their religious leaders and wanted to see blood spilt. They goaded the Romans into punishing him by nailing him to a cross where he would hang until he died. The soldiers in charge couldn’t wait for the crucifixion as they beat him and ridiculed him by putting a crown of thorns on his head. When they were done with their fun, they nailed his hands and feet to the cross and hoisted it upright. They ridiculed and taunted him. Others looked on in horror as an innocent man who they had thought was the man would free from the Romans slowly began to die. And it happened at half past Friday.