Small Potatoes

Small Potatoes

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{Disclaimer for all of my Bible college friends:  yes, I used the Message instead of ESV, KJV, NASB, etc.  No, I am not a heretic 🙂 }

I sit across the supper table from a friend that I met the first day of freshman orientation.  After three years of college, a lot has changed.  He is engaged and about to add Master’s level classes on top of his undergrad courses.  I am writing lesson plans and preparing for student teaching.  Both of us feel stretched thin with work, classes, ministry, and social events.  Yet, we have remained close friends.

“We’re old,” I say, and he nods solemnly.  Three years older.  Three years academically smarter.  Three years supposedly wiser.

And those three years were far from easy–academically, emotionally or physically.  We faced daunting tests, questionable cafeteria food, unending papers, dramatic relationships, and late nights.  Meanwhile, the world around us fought ISIS, diseases, hunger, human rights, poverty, and politics.  As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:16, “On the outside it often look[ed] like things [were] falling apart on us.”  It would be easy for us to become depressed.

These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. 

– 2 Corinthians 4:17

Small potatoes.  Just like the french fries that my friend quickly devours off of his plate, the world’s struggles will disappear.  There is something beyond this world that we hold as our hope.

There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.

-2 Corinthians 4:18

Yes, this world boasts hardships aplenty.  But there is so much more beyond this temporary life. Beyond this life, there is a street paved with pure gold.  There is a city surrounded with twelve pearl gates (Rev. 21:21).  There is a land with no night, no toil, and no tears (Rev. 21: 4, 22:3, 22:5).  Most importantly, there is a Savior who is preparing for us to join him (John 14:1-3).  There is an eternity of praising our God (Rev. 22:5).

Heaven is our hope when time gets hard.  Heaven is our promise as we endure this world’s pain.  Heaven is our eternal celebration.

The world is just a small potato.

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