I don’t know the statistics, but it seems that deep down, most parents secretly wish for twins, especially it it’s a first pregnancy.
Of course, the teenage mum or the lady whose husband has just left her, may not desire ‘double trouble’, but those in a secure relationship and with adequate funds, tend to hanker for this blessing.
I was pleased to hear that one of Wimbledon’s favourite tennis champions, Roger Federer, had been given the gift of lovely twin girls four years ago.
His beautiful wife Mirka, a tennis champion in her own right, though not as popular in the UK, always looks stunning as she sits daintily in the spectators box, cheering her husband.
She gave birth again recently – four weeks ago in fact. This time it was twin boys, Lenny and Leo.
How many parents wish for both sexes?
How many wish for identical twins?
Who desires to have a set of each?
Who wants the money to go with it?
Unfortunately for the Swiss and other long-term fans, 33 year old Roger did not win the title this time. But runners up get £880,000 – not bad for a day’s work eh?
However, he has been the winner of the Wimbledon championship for seven years and a Grand Slam winner 17 times, making his total career prize money around £55 million. This includes success at the French Open, Madrid Masters, Australian Open, Us Open and the Olympic Games.
So who’s jealous?
- A pretty wife
- Wordly success
- Twin girls
- Twin boys
- A lifetime dream fulfilled
- Kudos – currently down in history as the most successful tennis player of all time
- And plenty of cash to persue other interests.
Umm… I’m not so sure he’s to be envied. Not at all.
Of course we all want success and enough money to do and have what we like. But can money pay for the cure of a dreadful debilitating disease that has suddenly attacked your body?
It might get the best tablets down your throat and the most decadent palliative care, but we all know diseases like Cancer is no respecter of persons. Neither is heart failure. Neither are car and aeroplane accidents.
The Bible says:
“What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
(Matthew 8:36 different versions, but same meaning)
What this basically means is, when you die, you can’t take your money with you, nor use your influence and power to gain entry into Heaven. You cannot take your possessions, nor your good looks, nor your charm, your fame, your good deeds and title.
The only thing that matters in the end is the state of your soul.
Did we accept God’s gift of salvation or not? Did we then go on to live life like he asked us to, having a personal relationship with him or not?
Christians aren’t exempt from the risk of losing everything. Jesus mentioned that many will stand before him when life is over and say, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” Or, to translate, “You lived your lives speaking my name but doing just what you wanted. You never made an effort to get to know the real me – then it would have been easy to live life the right way.”
There is nothing wrong with being blessed and having pots of money. But it’s worthless unless we allow our Creator to be part of our daily lives. Religion makes people fear that they will have to give up much fun and good stuff and be dull and boring if they seek God.
On the contrary, life with God is exciting and fun and completely fulfilling, whoever you are.
It is not God who complicates things.
It is us humans who add words to his words. God is the one who created, flowers and animals and food and funfairs and sex.
Children are great.
Twins, a double blessing.
Two sets of different sex twins, magical.
Prosperity and an abundance of money, a hoot.
But the happiness this all brings is such a waste if our souls end up spending an eternity in complete darkness and torment, just because we were too proud to admit that we needed God in our lives.
I don’t envy anyone in this hopeless state. And neither should you.