Hi everyone, it’s Sam Stone, the Lighthouse Keeper. Today, I want to talk about the three huge human hurdles to happiness.
First, let me tell you a story. There was a man taking a morning walk in the wilderness. Suddenly, he heard some footsteps behind him, so he turned around and looked. It was a tiger trying to sneak on him, so he started running for his life.
However, soon he found himself at the edge of a cliff. Seeing him stopped abruptly, the tiger also stopped and repositioned itself to pounce on him like a cat on a cornered mouse. The man looked at the tiger in the eyes as he backed up along the edge of the cliff. Luckily, he saw a vine dangling down from the edge of the cliff, so he grabbed the vine and slid down the cliff.
By the middle of the cliff, he looked down to make sure it’s safe to keep sliding down. However, he saw a river at the bottom and there was a crocodile on the bank with its jaw wide open waiting for its breakfast to drop right into its mouth. So, he was now stuck at the middle of the cliff.
The man looked up again to see the tiger roaming above the cliff, and to his surprise, he saw two mice, a white and a black, gnawing on the vine right near where the tiger was roaming. He tried to shoo the mice away, but they just looked at him for a brief moment as if he was crazy and went on gnawing.
He tried to look around to see if he could find a stick or something near by to throw at the mice, but nothing was around except a big, red, juicy, sun-ripened strawberry dangling right at his arm’s reach. He loved strawberries and he knew exactly how tasty that strawberry would be, but he couldn’t enjoy it now because he was preoccupied by the slippery situation.
The man looked up at the tiger, looked down at the crocodile, and then looked up at the mice gnawing at his vine. He kept doing it over and over. Then he closed his eyes, reached out with his arm, unplugged the strawberry, and started savoring the strawberry as if nothing was happening around him.
This story depicts life. The vine represents our lifeline. The tiger at the top represents our past. It means most people live their lives haunted by their past with guilts and regrets. We regret the wrong things we have done and the right things we haven’t done. The older we grow the fiercer the tiger has become.
The crocodile represents our future. Many people in the world are haunted by the unknow future that they have no control of. Que Sera, Sera, whatever will be will be. Will I be handsome, will I be rich, will I be sick, will I be lonely? Will my children turn out good? Is there life beyond death? If so, will I go to heaven when I die? Consciously or unconsciously, the fear of the future prevents us to enjoy the present and live life fully.
The two mice—a black and a white—represent day and night. That means it represents time that doesn’t wait for us. Time is eating away our lifeline and our life is slipping by second by second; minute by minute; day by day. We fear, sooner or later, we will face the end of life and we wouldn’t get the things we want to do done. Many ladies tend to fear losing their beauty as they past 30 or 40, but we know time doesn’t wait for us. We are tyrannized by time and we are always in a hurry. As a result, we can’t enjoy the present and live fully.
The present moment is represented by the big red yummy juicy sun-ripened strawberry. The English term “present” also means “gift”. That means the present moment is a gift from God, but most people cannot enjoy the gift because they are possessed by their past, frightened by the future, and tyrannized by time.
The good news is, the coming of Christ solved all these three huge human hurdles to happiness.
First, Jesus came to help us overcome the guilt from our past because he came so that our sins are forgiven. The Bible says, “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2). It also says, “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9). Because of him, you can restart your life with a clean slate. Your past can never haunt you anymore.
Secondly, we can overcome our unknown future because we have God as our companion in our journey of life. One of the nicknames of Jesus is “Emmanuel” which means “God with us.” The Bible says, “If God is for us, who is against us? … we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:31b, 37b). God says we are winners. We will win and keep winning the future because God is with us through Christ.
Thirdly, we can overcome the tyranny of time because Jesus Christ brings us eternal life. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16). What we need to do is simple and easy: believe. When you believe in him, you have eternal life, then you don’t have to face the tyranny of time.
Ultimately, Jesus said, “I have come so that people may live and that they may enjoy life to the full.” (John 10:10 WE). Without him, we are not really living. We are just existing or surviving. The reason Jesus came is so that you are set free to live fully.
So, friends, I invite you to receive these three greatest gifts from God—a gilt free life, a winning aptitude, and a timeless freedom. You will receive peace to enjoy every moment of your life and live fully forever. It’s worth it, and it’s easy, just believe in him.
If you have any questions regarding your straggles against human hurdles, please feel free to let me know and I will do my best to address your concerns. You can email me at [email protected] Until we meet again, let your light shine. This is Sam Stone, the Lighthouse Keeper. Bye now!