by Jerry Watts

A Better Life
Jerry Watts
Colossians 3:1-17

A young man was having some money problems, and needed $200 to get his car fixed, but he had run out of people to borrow from. So, he called his parents via the operator, and reversed the charge and said to his dad, ''I need to borrow two hundred dollars.'' At the other end, his father said, ''Sorry, I can't hear you, son, I think there may be a bad line.'' The boy shouted, ''Two hundred. I need two hundred dollars!'' ''Sorry, I still can't hear you clearly,'' said his father. The operator cut in, ''Sorry to butt in, but I can hear him perfectly.'' The father said, ''Oh, good. YOU send him the money!'' He wanted a better life and wanted others to pay for it.

If I ask you today, ''What do you want from life?'' What would your answer be? Some answers might be, ''I want to be happy'', ''I want to have a good family'', ''I want to be secure'', or even ''I want to be loved and accepted.'' Sixty-plus years ago, the answer might have been ''a better life.''

Today, people think they have the 'Better Life' because few people (around here) worry about their necessities of life. We have money, houses, cars, and toys, so we are good. Problem is, the preponderance of evidence reveals that all these things are not enough. This week I looked at some of those ''Celebrities'' who seemed to have it all together, all that money can buy as well as the fame and found that money can buy - found some sad names. (Whitney Houston, River Phoenix, Lee Thompson Young, Jonathon Brandis, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Heath Ledger)

We try to build our lives like our culture tells us and when we get to the place we think we want to go, we find ourselves dissatisfied. In fact, we climb the ladder of success only to discover the ladder leaning against the wrong wall. If I can go one more place, if I can do one more 'thing', if I can enjoy 'one more experience' or if I can only make a little more money, then life will be better. When Rockef ...

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