Growing up in Nigeria or should I say in Nigerian churches, you get to hear people say things like “thank God for life, a lot of your mates did not get to live as long as you. They are not here today. They did not get to see today”. I always pondered on such statements. Does that mean I am better? God prefers me? My existence is more important? They were bad and deserved to die “untimely”? Everyone seemed to respond quite positive to that statement that compares them to the dead. In fact the prayer mutters seemed to get louder.
I was troubled because I couldn’t comprehend why we would be grateful because we have not yet arrived where we would inevitably arrive. It’s like thanking God you didn’t get hit by a bus but wait, God has ordained that you will get hit by a bus someday.
Thoughts have hit me. Why am I alive? What is important? What is my purpose? What’s the point knowing I am still going to end up dead?
In the interim, what needs to be done? What needs to be achieved before we join the dead? I have asked friends and colleagues what they think they need or have to do before leaving this earth. Most of the answers from males are centered on achieving success in finances and status. Most females want a rich husband and children to take care of. I want financial success also, I want a faithful husband and 2 children. But really, is that it? Just a personal focus? At this point in my life I know money, husband and children would not satisfy me. How can I achieve a life that my spirit can look back and say I WAS HERE! What mark do I have to leave?
My faith is in the Bible and while things like money, husband and children are supposed to be blessings, they are not required at the end of life for God to say “well done, you good and faithful servant” or for you to say “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing”. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
What’s the big picture? If any dead person got to hear “well done, you good and faithful servant” from God, they are definitely better than us here except you believe the big bang theory then you can bang into nothingness from which you came. We are only better than those who have been condemned at death. Every new day, month and year is chance to put things in order so we get to hear “well done, you good and faithful servant”
Personal wants and satisfaction are not going to cut it. What sacrifices are we making? What sin are we letting go of? What bad habits are we ridding? What lives have we impacted? Are we walking in purpose? Are you fulfilling your mission on earth?
I feel stupid asking my friends questions about this topic sometimes. Am I the only one that gets these thought? Am I overthinking? Some have said don’t worry about tomorrow, let’s go have a drink, YOLO (You only live once)
“Then I will say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ 20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own’ what you have accumulated? 21This is how it will be for anyone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God.”…