Tootsie Roll: Endurance
OK Class! Settle down. It’s time to continue our look at what we can learn from the tiny Tootsie Roll. If you were absent last week, you may want to refer to Lesson One before continuing.
The Tootsie Roll website highlights one of their candy’s less obvious qualities. They say, “owing to its non-perishable quality and resistance to extreme weather conditions, the Tootsie Roll¨ has long been a popular military ration. Since World War II, U.S. troops stationed around the world have enjoyed Tootsie Rolls as part of their standard-issue MRE’s, appreciating their great taste, portability, and inherent quality of supplying ‘quick energy’.” Rarely do you hear of a candy praised for its durability. It’s probably not one of the leading attributes one considers important.
As Christians, one of our greatest aspirations in life should be able to say at the end of our days, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” (2 Timothy 4:7). More than just enduring, however, what an achievement it will be, to have endured while adding flavor to this world.
Can our friends say that of us? Are we a valuable addition to their lives? Are we someone they would want to take into battle with them? Can they know that our faith wont perish? Can they know that we will endure whatever variety of hardships may come our way, and still bring such a refreshing, energizing quality to their lives? No matter the weather, when the harshest foes wage war on our lives, what do we show this world? Do our conversations and facebook posts and tweets demonstrate the confident resilience of one who walks with Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit?
The world is looking for an enduring, inspiring faith. They want something to believe in, something refreshing. Will they find it in you?