Life is More

Roy's Funeral

We are more, so much more than flesh. And life is more, so much more than our temporary pursuits. When I stare at the skeletons in the neighborhood yards, I’m reminded again and again. I don’t want to live for short-lived gratification. I want my life to count for something that won’t rot in a casket with my bones.

 

Source: Skeletons

Photo Credit: Funeral | Casket | Don LaVange …www.flickr.com

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  1. Believe it or not, Jen, a person can live in the world and actually enjoy some of his/her experiences and not become obsessed with the outward appearances nor necessarily be overly materialistic or become hedonistic.

    Recognizing one’s spiritual nature and making progress on the spiritual path does not preclude one living in the world and enjoying one’s time here. You do not have to reject the flesh as the ascetics do. A person just has to make sure that he/she does not make a false god out of sense gratification.

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    1. I never said we couldn’t or shouldn’t enjoy our time here on earth. The Bible itself says, “God richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (1 Tim 6:17). Yet, this is said in context of a reminder not to put our hope in riches which are so uncertain. Our ultimate joy does not come from things that don’t last, and our enjoyment of temporal things is deepened when we realize how fleeting our time here is.

      For me, in this season of harvest which has become so overshadowed by images of death, I’m reminded of my own mortality and that helps me keep things in perspective. As the writer of Ecclesiastes said, “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart” (7:2). If anything, recognizing the truth of my ultimate end helps me appreciate life here with pure, unfading joy and to invest my resources in things that last.

      Some of the most joyful people I’ve met our those who are least consumed with material things, while some of the most joyless people I’ve met are those so driven by material pursuits they’ve lost perspective on what really matters.

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