Life is always about priority. Lots of things we could have done, lots of people we could have met. But we only have 24 hours. So it is indeed about priority. Life is also about purpose. When the purpose and aim is clear, we align ourselves with the purpose. We spend time and do thing in line with the purpose of our lives.
I had a chat with the teenagers in church yesterday. I ask not them not to become hamster on a wheel. Hamster go on the wheel and keep on running, but no destination just going round and round. So is our lives, if we do not know where we are going, and are unclear about our purpose in life.
Aimless beings, like hamster, go through the motion of life without knowing the meaning and why. Study, get good grades, enter into good university, study, have fun, explore the "pleasures" in life, work, earn lots of money (maybe, if the equation of wealth=happiness and satisfaction
What is the whole point of living when you know that you will die one day for sure. All that you do and accumulate end with your breath. Is there any point at all? Well, if we live like hamster, then yes, there is no point at all. But there is an alternative way of life, of living the life to the fullest, to be truly human.
I am worried that these teenagers before me today, will lost in the world that worship money, wealth and fame.
I am worried that they will loose sight of the things that really matters in life, a loving relationship of God and with their neighbours.
I am worried that they loose their conscience and integrity along the way and reject Christ in their lives, reject their Creator who died for them to give them a life that only has its meaning in Him.
I am in this path and in the process of discovery and living this life to the fullest, mind you, I also believe my life and meaning does not end with my death.
Speaking on death, it's not a favourite subject but I find a very interesting perspective spoken in the American series " Heroes" , Peter said:
"Death is the one thing that connects us all. It reminds us that what is really important is who we've touched and how much we've given. It makes us realize that we have to be good to one another."
Wow.Death connects us all. It reminds us that it's we,it's us, not you , not me only in this world. Christ showed us what love is, and how to live the life to the fullest, of sacrifical love, kindness, forgiveness to the antidote of bitterness and hatred for our own good. Not about accumulation of material possession, fame, wealth, reputation, it will go one day. The things that last, that matters for eternity is a measure of how much we have loved our Creator, our neighbours, our enemies and how much love we have given to them.
"Yet still we struggle to make a difference, to change the world, to dream of hope. Never knowing for certain who we'll meet along the way, who among the world of strangers will hold our hand, touch our hearts, and share the pain of trying."
Yet.. in spite of all these, we will try, we still hope, we still love, and persevere.
In the drama, Samantha said to Peter: "You're a real hero to care for a perfect stranger like this. "
That's the message of Jesus in The Good Samaritan, only that is more than stranger, it's loving your enemies.
Peter also wasn't sure why he was chosen to be the hero that saved the world, so he said
Charles: Because there has to be one that's good, there always has. And your heart has the ability to love unconditionally. Like I told you, in the end, all that really matters is love. "
And the words of Jesus in Matthew 22:36
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'
And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself"
That is the truth, words spoken from the mouth of God.
In the end,the narration from Heroes:
"But in the end, we find it only in each other: our shared experience of the fantastic and the mundane. The simple human need to find a kindred, to connect. And to know in our hearts that we are not alone."
That echoes our heart cries. We do have that hunger and need to connect, in our shared experience with each other. The ultumate connection that last for eternity is our connection with our Creator who loves us eternally. Only in this connection that life, death has its meaning.