I don’t think I had heard about “the three C’s of life” until last weekend, but it was floating around in my head when I was at church on Sunday, and the theme resonated with the sermon.
Our readings included passages from Revelation chapters 21 and 22, which paint a picture of a heavenly kingdom with pearly gates and streets of gold illuminated by eternal light. While I don’t believe that these images in Revelation are meant to be taken literally, I do hope for a world where God has wiped away every tear and mourning and crying and pain are no more, as promised in Revelation 21:3-4.
No matter what your vision of the Kingdom of Heaven, I’m sure it seems like a distant impossibility when you compare here to there. Our priest suggested that instead of dwelling on the tremendous changes that would have to come about to bring our world up to God’s standards, we focus our efforts on making small changes every day to do our part to help God’s will be done here on earth.
So how does that relate to the three C’s?
First, we must make a choice to act in accordance with God’s will.
It’s not always easy to know how we should act, but sometimes it is.
When we choose to treat others with kindness and respect
–when we choose to love—
we are making the right choice.
Then, we must take a chance on God and put our trust in Him.
Sometimes God will ask us to do scary things,
to take risks, to move beyond our comfort zones.
We take a chance on God when we are kind to the unlovable,
defend the oppressed, take a stand for what we believe in, or
say “yes” when Jesus asks us to take up our own cross to follow Him.
When we do these things,
we can embrace the change
that God will work in the world.
It may not look like a clear picture of heaven,
but we will be a few steps closer to God.
What choices do you need to take a chance on to bring a change in your life?