When I was small, I used to ask myself the kind of young man I would like to be. Now that I am a young man, I continue asking myself the kind of old man I would like to be. I keep asking this question because I know that what I shall become tomorrow depends on the choices I make today.
I know I have to rediscover the lost promise of hope and nowhere else can I find this except in Christ, our Hope. So, as I continue to ask myself this question, the answer I get depends on who I am in Christ. Do you sometimes ask yourself this question? What kind of answer do you get?
If you ask yourself this question, the answer you would get depends on the kind of person you are now. What kind of person are you now? If you are asking yourself the kind of person you would like to be, what you will plant is what you reap. You cannot plant corn and expect to reap coconut.
King David, in all his wealth, said, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread” (Psalm 37:25). This statement must have come from a man who was faced with the problem of making a choice.
Now that I am a young man, I continue asking myself the kind of old man I would like to be because I have the opportunity to see the success and failure in other people’s lives.
What do we mean by the success and failure in other people’s lives? In every society there are two classes: namely, those that could be said to be successful and those that are still complaining. Success in this context may not necessarily be measured in terms of silver and gold only but the kind of success I mean here is one measured in terms of self-actualisation, that is, self-fulfillment and self-contentment. Remember, one could be a millionaire and yet end up not fulfilled.
A good example can be found in the lifestyle of armed robbers and the like. If silver and gold were to determine the success of a man, the armed robber and the like would be content with their plunder and loot. Anytime an armed robber is arrested, listen to their confession and you would be surprised at the number of banks they have robbed, the number of cars they have snatched, the amount of valuables they have looted. Yet, they are not self-actualised, self-fulfilled or self-content.
Have you not had the opportunity to study those who made the right choice and are well-off and those who made the wrong choice and are doomed? Be wise. The wisest thing is what you do with Christ. He is the Author and Finisher of our hope. Are you hopeless? He is our Hope. Are you lost? He is our Roadmap, our Guide. Are you sick? He is our Healer. Do you feel rejected? He is our Companion. Are you looking for a friend? He is a Friend closer than a brother.