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Certainty in an Uncertain World

January 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Going Global, Monthly Articles

Death and taxes are the only certainties in life, according to Ben Franklin.

However if everything else is uncertain, we need to recognise that uncertainty can be positive as well as negative.

As I pen this column, news of a friend’s unexpected, serious heart attack overnight is a real concern. We only know that he’d had some pain and was actually in the hospital with all the necessary equipment available when it happened. Anywhere else and he would no longer be with us.

But let’s imagine life as totally predictable.

Research and invention would be impossible – and unwanted – for hopeless determinism would set up its own amoral dictatorship.

Uncertainty helps our trust in each other to grow; allowing for spontaneity and fun from surprising those we care about. It also opens doors to the kind of growth that only comes through sharing and accepting forgiveness.

Uncertainty also stretches our sense of compassion, as we reach beyond familiar concerns and give God some space as we open our hearts to meet needs that outstrip our own resources. Such openness will inspire us in many life-changing ways:

1. through seeing our part within great solutions;

2. through helping people to recover;

3. through getting to know creative, resourceful people who work out answers when others work out arguments.

And in our own personal disasters, God’s love is available to redefine our values and our sense of timing. He also can safely steer our self-assessment between self-pity and self-congratulation.

For God’s love matches death and taxes for certainty.

Noel Mitaxa,

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love.

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

 

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One Response to “Certainty in an Uncertain World”
  1. Yvonne says:

    Wow… thanks, Noel, for pointing out the wisdom of God in making things in our world uncertain. I’ll have to remember this the next time I get thrown off by unexpected circumstances.

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