Thursday, December 24, 2009
Unfortunately, there have been recent contemporary examples of this same sad situation.
Most obvious is Tiger Woods. Tiger is the first sports personality to earn a billion dollars. He is healthy, good-looking, charming, has an incredible golf game, a mansion on the water, a 160 foot yacht, a beautiful wife and two lovely children. He has hit the jackpot! He has earned it. It just seems that he has missed the joy.
I pray that he can salvage his marriage. I hope he doesn't lose the jackpot trying to find the joy. I pray that he will understand his need to make room for Jesus. Jesus IS the joy!
Brittany Murphy was a beautiful young actress with a successful career, a Hollywood Hills home, and a husband. It appeared she had hit the jackpot. Then, a few days ago she was found dead in her bathroom. While the cause of death is yet to be determined, it is highly unusual for a healthy 32 year-old to die of a heart attack. Preliminary evidence does not look good.
It apprears to be another incident of someone who hit the jackpot but missed the joy. She made room for everything - except Jesus.
For the innkeeper and his wife it was ChristMISS. The same for Tiger. And for Brittany.
How about you? Have you made room for Jesus? Will you make room for Him at the center of your being?
If you do you will discover that the joy IS the jackpot!