This isn’t a Christmas story, but
the setting has my favorite cartoon characters, Calvin and his toy tiger, Hobbes, which for some reason, he considers to be
real. And Calvin is wondering whether he has to be good, or just act good, to get Christmas "loot," as he calls
He ends up asking Hobbes
whether he can just "act," or whether he has to be really good or just pretty good.
Well, it got me to wondering how true our thoughts of Heaven are. Are we
striving for a place with streets of gold, or to at last see Jesus Christ, who died to save us. Are we wanting to go to a
birthday party for the eats, or to actually wish the subject a happy birthday.
If you’re like me, I have to admit that when I picture Heaven,
I think of no more pain nor sorrow nor death nor goodbyes. I think of the last two chapters of the book of Revelation. And
it hurts me, now that I’ve thought of it and admitted…that the picture in my mind is a place, and not a Man.
I’m asking God to forgive me for seeing the wrong side of Heaven in my mind.
Do you remember my quoting a minister I heard, who said that we love
Christ just as much as we love our worst enemy? That hurts. I’ve got to get myself out of a Calvin/Hobbes mind, so
I can see, as it were, Santa, instead of the loot. Can you imagine looking on our Jehovah God, and His Son, Jesus Christ,
and the Holy Spirit, in person!
should be our goal. The rest will just be, as I’ve said before, "Icing on the cake! Get real.