Imagine a perfectly built model of something (LEGOs, toothpicks, clay) that you have spent so much time designing into the exact idea in your mind. Someone comes along and wrecks it in some way. You grieve (and try to keep from throat-punching the disaster-maker). Then you start over. You restore that which was ruined. And, although it is hard work, you enjoy it and take pride in making the model into what you originally planned. You right the wrong. Although this is an overly simplistic picture of what God will do in the future, we can begin to imagine the righting of wrongs, the restoring of wrecked things, and the healing of the broken. Our theology of hope for the future spurs us on to keep living for God and representing him to the broken world around us.
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