2/27/2015 9:07:02 AM
Want Quality of Life? Get a New Chair!
I delete more emails than I read. No doubt that's true for a lot of people. Even with the prospers filters and safeguards in place, a lot of unwanted stuff worms its way into the "in box."
Like today. I was clicking the "delete" button like a man possessed, and one more piece of unwanted "Spam" was doomed to the "Trash" - when all of a sudden I stopped. The carefully chosen hook did its job. I bit and got hooked. What lured me to take the bait?
Here's what it said: "CHAIRS ASSOCIATED WITH QUALITY OF LIFE." I read on: "Hi there. Going to your office? We all understand it's gonna be a long day for you. But do you know you can make your day a whole lot better by getting yourself a new chair? Really! A new chair?! I can have a better day, my quality of life today, rests on a new chair? Wow! It goes on to ask: "How can I change this situation? Luckily, we have a nice office chair for you with an amazing price."
At first, I scoffed and reached for the overdue "delete" key. But then I smiled. Silly email? Sure it was. Tricky advertising? Yes. Clever sales piece? I would have to agree. But it did get my attention, and I did look. (Don't worry - I didn't open the email, just read the preview. I don't need a new chair ... or an email virus!)
But now to the point - QUALITY OF LIFE. If only it were that easy, huh! Want a better life? Need a good day at work? Wouldn't it be great if all you had to do was get a good deal on a new chair.
The reality is that we can have bad days - and all too often it seems. We look around, we read the latest news in the paper or on our electronic device, we visit someone in the hospital or walk the halls of a nursing home, and we see life and life situations that we would not consider "quality." What's going on in our own lives and the lives of someone we know and love tempts us to think the same. We too ask: "What can I do to change this situation?"
Bible reading and Bible believing Christians have answers. They're good answers. They're God's answers. Granted - they are not always easy answers, or the answers we want, when we want them. But they are God's answers. Yes, he defines what makes a life a quality life, and it doesn't always jive with conventional wisdom. Cross-bearing, faith testing, and the consequences of sin in us and our lives are not pleasant. But God promises that "All things work together for good" and "suffering produces perseverance, perseverance (produces) character, and character (produces) hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit he has given us."
Hey, I like a good chair as much as the next office guy. And I'm not saying that a good chair won't eliminate a pain in the backside. But real and lasting (and eternally significant) quality of life, can be found in the words and promises of God. "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these (other) things will be added to you as well." Jesus said so. The writer of the first psalm got it right too, "Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither - whatever they do prospers."
That's quality life.