“Do not be afraid of dying, be afraid of living with nothing to die for.”
I was unable to discover the author, but there are many similar statements. Yet, this one took hold on my thoughts.
Many of my peers are terribly concerned about the people termed as “Millennials.” One definition concerning this group is people from the age of 18 through 34. The implication is that this age group by and large has air for brains. I disagree as I think many are very smart, but for the most part empty of soul. By this I mean they haven’t yet discovered something, some person, or dream that they consider of more value than life itself.
For several years, I annually preached in a few churches in the state of New Hampshire. The moto of the state is “Live Free or Die.” The meaning being someone in the state at some point spoke for the citizenry of something more precious than life to them. The something being freedom. We Americans tend to think that we would rather die than to give up our freedom. Cemeteries around the globe bear the mortal remains of American military men and women “who loved not their life to death.”
Our late President, John F. Kennedy, implored his fellow Americans, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!” The wag has said now we Americans are consumed with the question, “What can my country do for me?” This attitude has led to dead or at least paralyzed souls, wandering through life with nothing to challenge the inner greatness that accompanies an understanding that the purpose of life is bigger than any one person, but that each person learns to live in a way that matters to all that is dear to we humans, expressed in words such as “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
In a sense the trifold step of fulfillment is embedded in the above and expressed in the Bible. John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The Resurrection of Christ validates that life is worth living, if you have something greater.
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