Bankrupt foolishness is stepping up to reinforce what used to give you satisfaction and pleasure – eg. more spicer food to stimulate your dull taste buds, more hard-core pornography, more assertiveness to show you are in control… Frankly, it is like in living in quick sand, the more you struggle to keep up with reinforcers that gives one’s pleasures, the faster you sink.
The greatest ‘disease’ to die from is “HOPElessness.”
Dr Crabb’s parents and parents have a well-placed hope, The Christian hope lies not in the possessions and success we accumulated in this earthly life that gives us our significance or security, it rest in the hope of one is still loved by a loving God despite not losing my memories (Alzheimer’s disease), or losing my mobility, capability to be ‘efficiency.” It is this simple trust in a loving God, a relationship with God, a growing hope that we are ultimately seeing Him face-to-face – The best is yet to come! We are loved!
I enjoyed the story of Dr. Crabb’s parents and his father’s hope that was not foolish, but instead was a well placed hope. I cannot fathom how difficult it would have been to be in Dr. Crabb’s father’s shoes if he had a spirit of bankrupt foolishness. Since his life was guided by the spirit’s wisdom, he was able to see beyond his present circumstances and was able to have hope of good things to come in Christ Jesus. But had he lived with the concept of bankrupt foolishness he would have felt the hopelessness and despair of his present circumstances. When I think of final years that can be guided by the spirit’s wisdom, I think of people who have so much to offer to those of us who are younger. A person who is in their senior years, and believes that the best is yet to come, will model so well what our purpose of being on earth is.
bankrupt foolishness in older people involves the concept that life has nothing left to offer. The best has been and gone. The spirits wisdom allows us to believe that the best is yet to come. life is still on track and every day has a purpose
Hope in the Gospel vs what has occurred, been given, or, did by own means. the end goal, the end reward, the Prize as Paul would state is Dancing with the trinity as we were created to be .All else of this world does not compare! You look toward that fulfillment of truly knowing and being with God once again as we were created to be. Now that is the prime goal, that would give incredible Hope and peace, not loss and defeat. Two sides of a coin on which i hope to be on the side of Hope!
To have the concept of bankrupt foolishness is not to know that the best is yet to come even at the age of 80 something. If we take a close look at life we can see that the best is yet to come, by enjoying your life in a GOD fearing walk. GOD has giving us chance after chance to pick up our cross and follow Him. Even if we do it towards the end of our life, there is still a chance not not waste any more time on doing foolish things. For example spend as much time as you can with family friends still creating memories. Your friends and love one will be glad that you did. Share with them the love of CHRIST. The love that He has for you and for them. Life is an example of the love that CHRIST has for us, death is a result of sin. JESUS came to give us eternal life with Him. We can go around doing foolish things up to our death. Show people how to love and that is leading them to JESUS, because the best is yet to come.
I have a front row seat to this very thing. My father-in-law lives with us. He claims the Lord Jesus as his Savior. He spends his days sleeping and watching westerns. He can talk about God and has some interest in going to church, but that is about all I see. He is depressed and vacillates between talking about all the things he is going to do or that he is waiting to die. In the middle he mostly sits in his recliner. My mom was a contrast to that. She still had moments of “why am I still here”, but she spent much of her days interacting with God through prayer and Bible study and investing in people.