A Box of Chocolates?

Forest Gump, from the movie Forest Gump, made this famous:

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”


Can you tell which is which? 

Was He Right?

I can’t tell the ones with coconut from the ones with caramel. I can’t tell just by looking at them and sampling  doesn’t seem right, nobody wants sampled chocolates in the box.

What About Life?

If a box of chocolates is like life, then maybe Forest was right. We can expect something to happen, we just don’t know what it will be.

Some possibilities:

  1. winning the lottery
  2. a call from someone in the past
  3. some really good or bad news
  4. coming down with the flu
  5. getting promoted or terminated

Life’s unpredictable and tough to anticipate. Except for the lottery. Since I’ve never bought a ticket I can open the lid knowing a “lottery chocolate” won’t be in the box. But at some point, I have to stop obsessing about which chocolate is which. 

Hard Wired Behavior

 Some of us are positive and some are negative. Some are optimistic and some are pessimistic. Some have a little of both.

Some of us live with a carefree attitude and some worry about everything. Some live with a little of both.

I don’t want to live my life worrying, but I can’t ignore the realities of life.

What Jesus Said

“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.” 

“Do not worry.”

Tough teaching, hard to obey, difficult to live.

He began with “Therefore” meaning he was giving commentary to something he just said. Here it is:

“Do not store up treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

To Close

Worrying is about the heart. If our treasure is heaven, then that’s where our hearts will be. But if our treasure is here, then our hearts are invested in this world. And that means worry and anxiety because everything here is temporary,

Wow, that’s challenging, bold, and demanding, and a little offensive. But is it true?

“Life is like a box of chocolates”

Thanks Forest, well said.


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