Your Life – Vibrant Testimony or Empty Ritual?
Without question, our time here on Earth is extremely precious, not to mention equally finite. And if you’ve ever pondered about the hereafter, whether it will be pleasant or “as advertised”; indeed, whether you will even hopefully “be” there, then most assuredly, your present life, physical being and presence is absolutely significant, impactful and relevant.
Admittedly, none of us spend an adequate amount of time reflecting on our earthly lives, much less, our eternal one. Even more ironic is the fact, that in the larger picture of consciousness, faith and salvation, our eternal lives are infinitely more critical (pun intended) than our physical or mortal lives.
Why is it then, that we dedicate so little time to nurturing, evaluating and working toward the improvement of our inevitable future? Daily reflection is a habit I have seriously, deliberately and successfully, expended energy to create in an effort to better prepare for the transformation of my spirit and soul at my moment of death. Yes, I think about death on a very regular basis, yet, not in the morbid or morose sense that most people picture it as a subject.
Death, is as an important an event in our lives as is our birth. Accordingly, it is an equally important event in everyone’s life; yet we have come to jubilantly celebrate birth while we mourn, block out and avoid thinking about death.
The Irish have gotten death correct more than most. If you’ve ever been to an Irish funeral or wake, it is anything but sullen, reserved, sad or quiet. In reality, it is treated in its proper context; death is the passageway to eternity and is truly cause for a Celebration!
As mysterious, unknown and feared as death has become for most of us, it should be preceded by an equally important and meaningful life. How would you respond if someone approached you and posed this question to you; “Is your life a vibrant testimony of your faith and values, or is it an empty ritual of routine daily tasks that only serve your physical and present life?”
“Have you grown and progressed in the refinement of spiritual being or have you simply become a very good Hunter and Gatherer? Indeed, if your soul could speak, would it whisper of eternal life and redemption, or would it boast of xBox, the NFL, Friday Night out with the boys, and weekends at the beach?”
If we are to make it to the next level of existence and spirituality, our present lives must be dominated by the Primal Force of Conscience, a continuous reminder of what is right and what is wrong, conscious and deliberate behaviors and actions that support and align with our core values, and regular evaluation of those behaviors that deviate and/or distract us from our ultimate goal; to live in harmony and more importantly, to live forever.
At the moment of your death, will you be unanimously convicted of being a Christian, living a noble and obedient life, or will your life have been a continuous rerun of “going through the motions” and have become a hung jury? Furthermore, if values, behaviors and memories represent spiritual “currency”, what’s in your wallet?
Look not to your habits, but rather, deep within your heart to live a life full of testimony as you ponder your future in the Empty Sky. Be well.
Posted on February 16, 2014, in Personal Growth, Philosophy, Truths, Videos and tagged Christianity, eternal life, jesus, Religion and Spirituality, Ritual, Testimony. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.