August 30, 2015

Messy Lives

James 1:1-18
During the Second World War, the British government aimed to boost the morale of its citizens by displaying posters at various outlets across the country. Three posters were made, but only two were ever publicly used. The third poster was only to be used if Germany ever invaded England. That never happened, and the third poster was supposedly destroyed. Almost 60 years later, a bookseller discovered the poster mixed in with some books bought at an auction. The message of the third poster was simply to “Keep Calm and Carry On.”1

James also has a simple message for us in times of trial. Consider it pure joy! The mess is going to happen. Often times, we cannot predict when it will happen or why it happens. When it does, we must fix our eyes on Christ and trust that his way will see us through. How are we then to be rooted in Christ in the midst of our messy lives? We must stand on a firm foundation, root out the things that only amplify the mess, surround ourselves with God-centered people, and lovingly serve one another as Christ has done for us.

Keep Calm and Carry On!

1Lewis, R.M. “Undergraduate Thesis: The planning, design and reception of British home front propaganda posters of the Second World War.” written April 1997, accessed August 7, 2015