Family Matters | Fit to live before we die

One of the greatest gifts a person enjoys on earth is life itself.

Indeed, it is a blessing worth fighting and caring for. Lately, I have heard of so many deaths of friends and people I may not have known personally but somehow heard about how they lived. Some good, some wasted and some who did not only live for themselves but for their families and for others as well. Yet, in the end, no matter how this life on earth was spent, the identity only becomes a “body.” People ask or talk about the one who passed away like,

“Where is the body?”
“Lower the body”
“Visit the body”
“Bury the body”

A man named John concerned about this predicament made sure that on his wake, this would be written:
“John will be on vacation and signal will not be available where he goes.”

This is an example of how much we want to retain our identity to the end. Yet how we lived speaks about the values we have had. Death comes to anyone but the kind of life we live is something we choose to put meaning when we die. If we live to have what we want, then we are chasing after the wind. This is so because anything on earth is fleeting. And if we seek the meaning of life by doing and working hard to be approved by people, then I see life’s meaning for their approval. But if I see life as God-given and as He works within, then I have enough to share and bless them.

After this writer tries to become a philosopher of life, I realize that I only touch the tip of the iceberg. The more I try to understand, the more I get enmeshed with semantics and one day die still busy finding its meaning. But if I settle my mind to trust that,

“Jesus is the way, the truth and the life,” then after trying to seek the meaning of life, I find it futile from my own efforts to find its true meaning and be happy. Oh well, life is not only meant to be happy. There are people around whose lives were full of trials yet they lived meaningful lives.

Inspiring stories of people who failed almost successively contributed a lot to this society. Yet, until today, they are remembered well and don’t need a strong signal to be contacted. Their lives, works and achievements still speak even when they are gone. Ah, but it is more so if life’s meaning is founded by Jesus Himself. He has set the true meaning of life, and after all, He is the Way, The Truth and Life, something that we need to understand.

“The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life,” wrote Einstein.

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