Recently, I purchased an item hoping to foster eyelash growth and eliminate mascara. With anticipation, I began applying my new purchase! After about a month of use, my excitement had waned. There was no visible eyelash growth. My eye lashes had started falling out. I obviously wanted more eyelashes, which did not appear. The expensive endeavor never produced the desired result of longer, fuller eyelashes which was supposed to start happening with the first application of the product.
Each of us has been blinded by something. Is it an unfulfilled expectancy, or a “needed” buy? When my achieved objective never appeared with the venture, my stage seemed to be set for failure, but that is not always the bad thing. I learned an important lesson. Knowing a product and its’ capabilities is very important. The claims of the product might not work on each person. Has it worked for someone else? Yes, but I do not know those people. Did the product answer the claim of more eye lashes? No, it did not! I was still losing eyelashes. My quick fix did not work. The finished result meant a very unhappy customer.
That little episode had me wondering. Are there any real promises with definite good results? We can either look at things negatively or investigate further. Whatever pathway you choose in life, taking ownership of our choices is very important. We should begin by asking some questions. What is important to me? Who am I following?
I know of only one valid claim that that can be trusted for all of us, and it was made by Jesus, not a marketing person. Here is the claim, and this one will always work!
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NLT
This seemed to be a very bold statement, but it did not leave room for other options. In John 14, Jesus wanted to prepare the disciples before His departure. He wanted them to remember that He is the ONLY WAY to our heavenly Father. When we take that verse apart. Four words stand out: I, Way, Truth and Life.
Upon reading this passage, Jesus is telling the disciples about His home in heaven. They are welcome there too, but He is the only way to get there. Jesus said there was only one way to the Father and that is through Him.
In our Father’s eyes, we are all Young Adults of Worth. Sin creates a huge divide between us and our Father. Jesus bridged the gap by dying on the cross to connect us back to our Father. What a huge blessing our Father, through His son’s death, did for all of us!
Do your children see Him as being the only way to our Father? Ask, you might be surprised. Our culture is always telling our children that they are other ways to live, to be happy, and to reach eternal bliss.
PS: You are probably wondering why I selected the picture above of a mother cow and her calf, with their heads together, sharing their love for each other. Every time I look at it, I think of our loving Father and His Son, and how much they love us.