Life Is Fatal

Surgeon General's Warning

photo courtesy KTesh

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about life. What are we supposed to do in this life? What is our purpose? Is it okay to just cruise through life and have a nice family and nice stuff and then pass on out of this life?

I’ve had these thoughts spurred on by several different sources. Francis Chan has a great youtube video that talks about this life in comparison to eternity. Seth Godin has released a new book “Poke the Box” that talks about taking action and stirring things up. And believe it or not, I was introducing the A-Team to my boys and one of the early episodes was discussing death and that we’re all gonna die sometime, so we shouldn’t be afraid of it.

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Who Really Loses?

Rock'm Sock'm Politics

Photo courtesy Connor Tarter

I read an article today talking about the recent debate going on in Washington about the extension of the “Bush Tax Cuts”. Some are saying that Obama has sided with the GOP in regards to extending all of the tax cuts instead of just the tax cuts for those making under $250,000 per year.

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Dying To Get Together

Tombstone

photo courtesy Todd Stadler

My grandpa passed away about a week and a half ago. We travelled up to Michigan for the funeral. I’ve never been much of one for attending funerals. I’m not much of one for crowds in general, so a funeral just adds another level of uncomfortableness to it. This one was different though. The actual funeral was pretty much the same, but the trip itself was actually very enjoyable.

My wife and kids, my mom and dad, and my cousin who flew up from Texas all travelled to Michigan together in my dad’s motorhome. We stayed the night at a campground the night before the funeral. My uncle and aunt and a couple of their grandchildren came over to the campsite as well. All in all it was just a nice time of togetherness enjoying each other’s company and talking together.

Isn’t that really what the funeral should be more like? Why do we stand around with the casket saying good things about the dearly departed? They don’t care what we say. Instead, why don’t we all just get together and enjoy each others company and reminisce together? In fact, why do we wait for someone to die to do that? As families, we really need to find more time to spend with each other while we are alive instead of missing the opportunity due to someone’s death.

When I die, I hope all my family and friends just get together and have a big party. In fact, why don’t we just go ahead and get together before I die?

Tomorrow Never Comes

Clocks

Photo courtesy Leo Reynolds

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a cycle of anticipating the next event in your life? Do you start to think about your upcoming birthday only to start thinking about your upcoming vacation once your birthday actually arrives? I find myself in that situation often. I’m always looking toward the next thing. Always rushing. Always anticipating. Never kicking back and enjoying where I’m at.

Life is meant to be lived right where I’m at. If I don’t learn to break this cycle, I’m going to look back and realize I missed a lot of living. There is so much to enjoy in life. The “daddy come here’s” contain much more importance no matter how many times in a row they occur. I’m trying to learn to stop and look instead of brushing them aside and charging on toward that next thing that I’m just going to ignore anyway. When you really think about it, tomorrow never comes anyway, so why am I rushing toward it at break-neck speed?

Do you have any tips or suggestions that work for you?

Hope or Hope?

Wish or Hope?

photo courtesy Ken Lee

I was reading my devotional today and there was a particular comment that really jumped out at me. The author referred to the change in the word hope as we tend to think of it today versus the way that it was used in the Bible.

We tend to use the word hope more as a wish, “I hope it doesn’t rain”, “I hope I get a Nintendo for my birthday”, and the worst is “I hope I’ll have a good retirement”. We’re looking forward with a desire for something we feel we have no control of.

A more positive and appropriate use of the word hope is more of a knowing. It’s the kind of hope that stirs something in us. A hope that causes us to look forward to something better that we know is coming.

As a christian, I have the hope that there is something better for me beyond this life. We can also have hope in this life. It’s a hope based on plans and dreams, not on wishes upon a star. If we are being wise with our money, we have the hope of a good retirement. If we’re restoring a car, we have a hope that we’ll be driving a slick hotrod in the future. It’s a faith with action.

The first kind of hopes provides nothing but a momentary pleasure or more likely a sudden disappointment. The second kind of hope provides a lasting drive and anticipation of the better things to come and a knowledge that what we do today has a purpose. Are you wishing or hoping?