“Illusions are dangerous. They have no flaws.” This is a line from one of my favorite movies, Sabrina (1995).
One of the kindest things God can do for His children is to allow us to fully realize just how fallen this old world is where we have to live. No illusions.
We understand that we live with imperfect people (and so do they). We don’t expect everything to work (and we are not disappointed). Days can be cold and rainy, people can be mean-spirited and selfish, and we can get sick and, even, die.
But, though we live in a fallen world, we get to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation, we can give and accept small kindnesses, and we can let others see Jesus in a word of encouragement or a demonstration that we care that they may be having a bad time of it just now.
And, we can decide not to live totally for ourselves. Instead of seeking fame and fortune, we can live for that final commendation, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”
I have few illusions about this world. It can be a sad place. Isn’t it amazing that some of us can walk around in it and Jesus gets to do nice things for others through us? How cool is that!
“So little do we see before us in the world and so much reason have we to depend cheerfully upon the great Maker of the world that He does not leave His creatures so absolutely destitute but that, in the worst circumstances, they have always something to be thankful for; and sometimes are nearer their deliverance than they imagine. They are even brought to their deliverance by the means by which they seem to be brought to their destruction.” (From Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe)
Hope your Thanksgiving was good. I have so much to be thankful for. I’ll bet you do, too.