14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.
Waiting can be carried out in a variety of different ways. One-way of waiting is to occupy yourself with business to allow your mind to be distracted from the waiting process. Another way of waiting is to actually not wait at all and just forget about the need to wait. It’s as if we’ve given up on the possibility of it ever arriving. The best way to wait is in preparation. Because of what we’re waiting for, we give extra attention to what we do and our reason for doing it. Everything is advanced in light of this coming reality. The world and everything on it is waiting for the return of Jesus Christ. What are you doing while you’re waiting? Have you allowed yourself to become busy and distracted giving little thought to what it is you’re waiting for? Are you leery of the whole idea and due to the passing of time you’ve dismissed even the very thought of it occurring? Or has the reality of what’s to come become so real in your heart that everything you see and do points to this moment? What you’re waiting for is made valuable by how you’re waiting for it. How can you approach today with a perspective of preparing for the return of Jesus? How could you prepare differently? It’s not a question of if; it’s a matter of when. Until then let’s keep getting and staying ready while we’re waiting.