Ok, so I am going to age myself this week. An old sitcom that was popular when I was young had a “catchy”/ jingle that would get stuck in my head every week when it was on. The Facts of Life. The chorus was:
You take the good, you take the bad,
You take them both and there you have
The facts of life, the facts of life.
There’s a time you got to go and show
You’re growin’ now you know about the facts of life,
The facts of life.
When the world never seems to be livin’ up to your dreams
And suddenly you’re finding out
The facts of life are all about you, you.
It takes a lot to get ’em right
When you’re learning the facts of life. (learning the facts of life)
Learning the facts of life (learning the facts of life)
Learning the facts of life.
If we we all think back and think about how we thought our lives would be, we would probably admit that things are nowhere near what we had dreamed if we are honest with ourselves. In our reading today (Matthew 10) Jesus was speaking to his disciples and charging them to go out and share the gospel to the world. He knew it wasn’t going to be easy. The disciples had a long and challenging road ahead of them. In fact, sharing the message and living for him would be one of the hardest things the disciples would ever do. It was the disciples “Facts of Life” message from Jesus. As we consider our relationship with Jesus, we might find times that make us angry, confused and end up with doubts and hurt. What I take from these verses is the challenges may be great- and they are. We may have teachers, family members, coworkers and friends that challenge, mock us or walk away from our lives. But the reward is greater.
Let’s focus on what Jesus says in verses 21-23. The Message Version says: “When people realize it is the living God you are presenting and not some idol that makes them feel good they are going to turn on you, even people in your own family. There is a great irony here: proclaiming so much love, experiencing so much hate! But don’t quit. Don’t cave in. It is all well worth it in the end. It is not success you are after in such times but survival. Be survivors! Before you’ve run out of options, the Son of Man will have arrived.”
So don’t cave in! Don’t be discouraged. As the song lyrics state:It takes a lot to get it right when you are learning the facts of life. The fact is Jesus loves you and desires your commitment, love, praise and life. He wants you to face these challenges in life and the end result is the ultimate prize. It does take work and the road may not always be easy but he is there and his love and promise is worth it.