Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What is life?

On Sunday Indy car driver Dan Wheldon died in a horrific crash at Las Vegas motor speedway.  I have not read anything or heard much since his death.  One thing that I have heard is a rally cry for Indy car drivers to no longer race on ovals.  While this is certainly a valid concern, I wonder is that enough?  Are we underestimating his life?  It feels like we should be saying more about the way he lived.  However another part of me wonders if we are saying that he made a valuable contribution to the sport he loved even to the point of death?  I'm not quite sure what to make of it.  However, I do realize this.  We want life to mean so much.  We are concerned with the legacy we leave.  We are concerned with what is still happening here on Earth after we die.

Another way I see this concern is the obsession with mummies.  There are always specials about Ancient Egypt and other ancient cultures that made mummies.  Mummies are a physical legacy.  They are proof that someone lived and was important.  In a way it is as if that person is still alive when we find out information from their mummy.  The fact that there are even mummies are evidence that humankind has long been obsessed with this desire to leave a legacy.  This testifies to the fact that there is something eternal in humanity.  Something in us longs for more than these few years we have here.  

Praise God that this life is just a pale reflection of that something eternal.  Praise God that we have more hope than the Ancient Egyptians with all of the rules they had to get to the afterlife.  Praise God that there is something else, that there is Heaven. 

Now that I have mentioned Heaven, that seems to necessitate a mention of salvation or being born again.  However, I will not get into that discussion because our feeble human words can not possibly reflect the greatness of a relationship with the Creator of the Universe.  I figure Heaven is pretty simple.  God/Jesus is there and if you want to be with God/Jesus, you will have a relationship with him and get to Heaven.  If you don't want to be with him, you won't have a relationship with him and you won't be there.  Either God/Jesus is #1 or He isn't.  We want something lasting and He is it.  Put Him first and you get that something lasting.  Hallelujah!

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