I really like the show How I Met Your Mother.  The storyline is pretty obvious, right?  A father is telling his children the story of how he met their mother.  The writing is genius, the acting is hilarious, and there is an element of mystery that keeps you coming back for more.  If I was one of those kids, though, I’d probably be getting pretty frustrated as this story has been rambling on for seven years.

Actually, even as a fan, I am getting a bit frustrated.  There have been hints here and there and small teases about who the mother will be and how the father will meet her.  But at this point, we really know very little about her and even less about how this might play out.  At times, it feels as though we are being strung along and there will never be a payoff to the story.  The mother represents a hollow promise that I don’t know if we will ever see fulfilled.

Luckily, that is not the case for my faith.  I know how this story ends.  I know that I am going to spend eternity worshiping my Creator, fulfilling the purpose for which I was created.  I am going to be in the presence of the Almighty God.  And it is going to be awesome.

It has been about 2,000 years since Jesus ascended back into heaven.  Many people at that time expected Him to come back momentarily.  As the years went on, followers of Christ got more and more anxious about when He would fulfill His promise and come to take them home. 

In the 21st century, it can be easy for us to assume that our spiritual journeys here on earth are uncertain.  It is impossible for us to see what our lives will be like down the line.  We may not even be able to see the next few steps in our spiritual walks.  And that can be scary, overwhelming, and sometimes very frustrating.

However, even if we don’t know the particular route we will take, we know the destination.  We know how our story ends.  (Note:  It never really ends since eternity is forever…just to clarify.)  So how should we proceed in this mysterious voyage called life? 

That’s pretty simple.  It is similar to the way I continue to watch How I Met Your Mother.  I try not to think about the ending.  I enjoy the humor, I admire the character development, and I take it one episode at a time.

As Christians, we should put our focus on the here and now.  Since we know the last chapter of the book, we should not spend any time worrying about the road to get there.  We should take life a day at a time, loving others and producing fruit along the way.  That is the kind of freedom that comes from knowing how the story ends.  Praise God for spoilers!

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