Chappy’s corner: “ How about a different ending?”

A young cowboy walks into a seedy cafe in Prescott, Az. He sits at the counter and notices an old cowboy with his arms folded staring blankly at a full bowl of chili. After fifteen minutes of just sitting there staring at it, the young cowboy bravely asks the old cowpoke, 'If you aren’t going to eat that, mind if I do?' The older cowboy slowly turns his head toward the young wrangler and in his best cowboy manner says, 'Nah, you go ahead.' Eagerly, the young cowboy reaches over and slides the bowl over to his place and starts spooning it in with delight. He gets nearly down to the bottom and notices a dead mouse in the chili. The sight was shocking and he immediately barfs up the chili right back into the bowl. The old cowboy quietly says, 'Yep, that's about as far as I got, too.'

A good friend passed that story on to me, and I laughed. I laughed because the story has a funny part, and then a second part that keeps you laughing… I like that in a story. I like an unexpected ending.  Stories that have that twist at the end are great… For example the movie Sixth Sense still is one of my favorites because of the unusual ending.

Many movies on DVD today often offers an “alternative ending” to the one in the theater.  In some of those endings the guy doesn’t get the girl, or the bad guy doesn’t get caught. Many of us would like such “endings” in our lives.  Many would like to change the ending of a broken marriage into one that ends happily ever after. Others would like the life ending cancer to suddenly change into remission. Many times in our lives and in our relationships we would like to change the ending, but too often we can’t. We have to live with our mistakes, our bad decisions, and our failures.

We also can’t change our sinful condition, and because of sin each of us faces a sad ending, called death.

The bible says “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) Death is our future. For some folks they think that is all there is, but God offers us a better ending.  It is called “everlasting life”.  Romans 6:23 doesn’t end with death, but rather states “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus God sent Jesus to save sinners. Jesus did it by his suffering and death. . At one point Jesus enemies thought they had finished Jesus off. But, God had a different ending in mind that included the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday.  All those who trust in Christ can look forward to an ending that is out of this world!

Now having that great ending in Christ gives us  the power and possibly the chance to change some of the endings we face in our daily lives. Maybe our troubled marriage doesn’t have to “end” with divorce.  Maybe our family relationships can have a happy ending when we learn to forgive and love one another as God forgives and loves us.  Maybe we can find a better ending to some of our daily troubles and worries, by remembering that our lives are in the loving hands of God who is always there to help us.

Those are just my ending thoughts before I head out for a short vacation to see family and friends.


CH (COL) David Gunderson