It’s All in the Adjectives 

“My favorite thing about fishing is you never know what your gonna get. Maybe you’ll catch an old boot” 

An 8 year old said those words to me today. 
Here’s how those beautiful, profound, and life altering words came about. 
This 8 year old kid was on his way to go fishing on a small lake in northern Michigan. 
So I asked him, “what’s your favorite thing about fishing?” 
That was his response. 
Let’s read it again. 
“My favorite thing about fishing is you never know what your gonna get. Maybe you’ll catch an old boot.” 
He elaborated for me, without being asked to do so. 
“You see, it’s not about getting just a boot, it’s about getting an old boot” 
I looked down at him, smilingly, I asked, “why do you want it to be an old boot?” 
His response will change you, and it could even can change the world. 
He said, 
“Anyone can get a boot, but an old boot? that’s special” 
Here’s proof that an 8 year old kid talking about fishing and boots can make you think more than most 40 minute sermons ever could. 
An old boot? 
That’s special. 

Everyone has a dad. The idea of a dad isn’t that special. Someone had to send some sperm to an egg for you to exist. 
Everyone has a dad. Having a dad becomes special with the adjectives. 
Strong. 
Loving. 
Caring. 
Smart. 
Handsome. 
Tall. 
Happy. 
Without those adjectives your dad is just a sperm donor. 
With those adjectives. Your dad is special. 
“Anyone can get a boot, but an old boot? That’s special” 
Adjectives change the world. 
The way you see the world. 
The way you think about the world. 
The way you live in the world. 
Adjectives are the difference between heaven and earth. Adjectives are the difference between heaven and hell. 
Geography doesn’t separate heaven and hell. 
God doesn’t separate heaven and hell. 
Law and belief do not separate heaven and hell. 
Adjectives separate heaven and hell. 
“Because anyone can get a boot. 
But and old boot? 
That’s special.”
We think of heaven, earth, and hell as very separate. 3 separate places. With 3 separate zip codes and 3 separate groups of people living in each one. 
That’s not how God sees the three. 
In Genesis one God says that he “creates the heavens and the earth” 
Then he talks about separating stuff. He separates land from water. He separates fish from birds. He separates light from darkness. 
He separates them with adjectives. 
The water is wet, the land is dry. 
The fish are scaly, the birds have feathers. 
The light is bright. The dark is black. 
God separates those things with adjectives. 
There is something that isn’t separated by God in Genesis, heaven and earth. 
In fact he does the opposite. He unites them.  
“The fish of the sea, and the birds of the heavens” 
Same place. Same time. 
Unity. 
Heaven and earth are not far apart. 
They are very close. 
As God intended.  
And hell? 
It’s not mentioned. 
Why not? 
Because It’s not created. 
God didn’t give the adjectives to separate heaven and hell. 
So why do we see them as so separate? 
“Because anyone can get a boot. 
But an old boot? 
That’s special.” 
It’s all in the adjectives. 
We experience hell when our existence is full of bad adjectives. 
Liar. 
Cheater. 
Ugly. 
Bad. 
Gross. 
Mean. 

We experience heaven when our existence is full of good adjectives. 
Loving. 
Honest. 
Good. 
Kind. 
Pure. 
Beautiful. 

The difference between heaven and hell is the same as the difference between a boot and an old boot. 

It’s all in the adjectives. 
Are you experiencing heaven? Right now? As God intended for you to do? 
Or are you experiencing hell? 
It’s not about getting some place after you die. 
It’s never been about achieving a better zip code post death. 
Heaven and hell are about right now.  
Hell is just a boot. 
Why? 
Anybody can get just a boot. 
Heaven is an old boot. 
Because an old boot? 
That’s special. 

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2 thoughts on “It’s All in the Adjectives 

  1. I love how you talked about applying godly adjectives to how we live and how that can bring heaven to earth. When Jesus demonstrated the model of prayer and started by saying “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Jesus definitely labeled to separate places but also said something beautiful: that heaven can he tasted here on earth! We play a role in that for sure by loving and living the life Christ demonstrated for us. Keep in mind also, that there are multiple words used for heaven. Sometimes it simply refers to the sky like the one you quoted in Genesis about the birds of the heavens. Make no mistake though, heaven and earth are not the same place, and neither is hell

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  2. Heaven and earth won’t be united until God makes all things new as described in Revelation. Until then, we are His partners in bringing love, kindness, and truth, and pointing people to Jesus so that they can experience heaven fully in the glorious future

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