Yesterday I had a random yet deep thought about life…
The pause created in my life by this pandemic has been amazingly fruitful for my soul. I don’t want to sound as though I’m downplaying the negative impact it’s had on our world. This entire situation has sucked but as a realist, I understand life is not always fair–if it was, it wouldn’t be life.
Anyway, as we continue to trudge through this unprecedented time (aren’t you tired of that word? 🙂 ) I am constantly reminded of the fact that we are simply passing through this life to the next.
The next for Christians is eternity.
For non-Christians the next is the end.
What does “passing through” mean to you? What does it look like?
If it all ended tomorrow would you be happy with the way you passed through this life?
If it all ended tomorrow would you want your last interaction with the world to be about something uplifting, creative, and/or beautiful or would you want it to be a counterpoint to someone’s nonsense?
It’s sad to say but this break in the action has helped me realize that I’m in the last quarter of my life and the first three quarters passed in a blink of an eye.
This thought around the brevity of life has caused Lori and me to have more frequent discussions around the fact that the upgrades we are doing to our home are more for the next owners than they are for us.
In essence that is how our entire attitude about our life should be as we are simply passing through.
- Are we making the world better for future occupants?
- Said differently, is the world a better place because we passed through?
- Is someone going to join you in eternity because you paused to witness to them as you passed through?
There are those who pass through this life with meaning and purpose and those who simply pass through. This pandemic has challenged me to step up and be the former.
Eternity calls us to be the former.
Pass through with purpose.
Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”