This weekend we enjoyed a high school musical production of “Jekyll & Hyde,” the horrific story of an ordinary man overtaken by the ultimate evil. The haunting melodies and passionate lyrics were entirely captivating. Originally penned by Robert Louis Stevenson, the plot depicts the battle between good and evil. In the end, Jekyll loses his struggle and is overtaken by his demons. The play was marvelous with stunning sets, costumes, strong vocal renditions and sincere and pure acting ability. I love watching young performers, because they have not yet let their egos be sullied by their talent.
Each one of us holds keys which can lead to a life of contentment and joy, but we’re also capable of following a path of destruction, pain and misery. We have a free will meshed into our very being to make a choice. Temptations are huge. The world tells us to push harder – to accomplish more – to focus on our own desires – to live life to the max. It doesn’t take long to become ensnared into a web of deception. We may start taking advantage of others to achieve success. We could forget personal relationships in favor of acclaim or ego. We might even leave morality on the shelf if it means our own pleasure will be satisfied.
The alternate choice isn’t always as appealing. If we want to have true peace, we may have to put others first. We may have to sacrifice time, talent and money to do so, and following the righteous life isn’t nearly as exciting or exhilarating as the other.
I know this life will be a battle against evil. I’ve completed a great many years so I speak from experience. Our final victory or defeat comes at the hour of our death. Which path will you take? Will you take the easy road which focuses only on you and what you’ve accomplished – or the one that shows you what God has already mapped out for you? The evil road leads to an eternity in hell, while the other insures eternal life.
“If I am chief of sinners, I am also chief of sufferers,” Robert Louis Stevenson THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE