“Not everything in life is black and white, many things are __________.”
When given that statement, 8 or 9 people out of 10 will respond, “Many things are gray.”
The reason for this common response is that there is often nuance in life. Not every choice is clearly all right or all wrong. Not everything is all good or all bad. I heartily agree!! Life is more complicated than just everything being black or white.
But I think a more interesting response than “gray” comes from the 1 or 2 people out of 10 who respond: “Not everything in life is black and white, many things are in color.”
When NBC debuted color TV decades ago, they promoted it as TV “in living color.” It was such an incredible change in how we saw things on TV. Now Cathy and my “old” TV is 40-inches and high definition. I don’t even need to say it’s a color TV. We just take it for granted.
Jesus came to change the way we see things. He came to bring light into a dark world, but it wasn’t just to help us see everything as black or white! Jesus came to bring us light so that we might see the possibility of life that is full of color, vividness, and beauty.
Seeing life “In living color!” sometimes makes the suffering we see and experience in the world more vivid, even painful. But seeing life “In living color!” makes life so much more exciting, joyful, and meaningful.
The next few days in northern Indiana and other parts of the US are predicted to be cold, windy, and, yes, gray. Even so, with the right eyes and God’s help, I think we can find “color” in them if we look. The most important step in seeing life “In living color!” is just appreciating all the good things we have right in front of us now.
It’s so easy to take for granted all the good things God has given us. This blog was partly inspired by an article by Church Lawless titled 10 Things to Do When Your Christian Life Becomes Too Routine.