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POSTED: July 26, 2010 1:24 p.m.
Lindsay Lohan has been in the news a lot lately, which is probably exactly what she wants for publicity reasons. A news network recently covered the story of her trip to jail and described it as her beginning her “hard labor.”
For many, when we hear of hard labor we think of being assigned a duty that is very difficult, like moving heavy objects or working out in the elements of heat or cold weather. Hard labor used to mean that your labor was difficult work. With Lindsay, maybe hard labor means she has to sit and read instead of being on Facebook and twittering all day long.
There are a lot of words or phrases that mean different things to different people. Take for instance the words heaven and hell.
Hell has become a by-word that is used as a curse word or even as a word meaning the opposite of it’s original intent, like saying “we had a hell of a party,” meaning that the party was great. The Bible describes hell as an eternal place of torment for those who choose not to follow the Lord.
Heaven is also a word that means different things to different people. Many believe that everyone will end up there, and that it is a place where your deepest fantasies will become a reality. It will be a place where there will be no more tears, sorrow or death, but the Bible makes it clear that it is a place where God is and that only those who follow Christ will make it in.
Concerning hard labor, if you remain law-abiding citizens you should not worry about what it would mean for you. But we all will die one day and will have to face Almighty God and will end up in one of two places, heaven or hell. And He has defined exactly what they are.
The good news is that we get to choose ahead of time where we will spend eternity.
 

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