In light of the last few posts, I feel the need to write something profound or at least somewhat smart sounding. That doesn’t come easy for me…that sounding smart part.
After staring at this screen for way too long, the phrase “we were meant to live for so much more” popped into my head. Here are the thoughts that followed:
“No, we’re meant to live here on earth. The here and now is just as important as the there and then. I mean, we’ve been placed on this earth with lives to live…so aren’t we supposed to live them? My homework is really really important. So are my grades. If I slack, I lose my scholarship. If I lose my scholarship, I don’t come back to college. If I don’t come back to college I work at Walgreens the rest of my life. If I work at Walgreens the rest of my life, my life might be really short. But really, my current relationships count for a lot too! Oh, and what if I lost interest in piano and stopped practicing? That would be bad. I think God really wants me to focus on my life. Now. Here. On earth. This is what I’m meant to live for.”
“Worldview. God. Heaven. God’s will. Soul. These seem like something from “not now.” You know, like we live on earth now, but really what matters is what others can’t see. Our thoughts. Our faith. Our questions. They will last on, but our bodies, skills and knowledge are just with us while we’re here on earth. I’m supposed to store up my treasure in heaven, not here on earth. So should I seclude myself from others and think spiritual thoughts? Maybe take a few years off and get close to God. I mean, we were meant to live for so much more. This earthly life really doesn’t matter so we should try to achieve highly spiritual lives.”
“Oh, dualism. You get me every time. I am living on earth and it is very much real and important. My relationship with God and my spiritual life is also vital. Why can’t I have both? Shouldn’t they be so intertwined that people see the more that we are meant to live for? I should be so in tune with God that others see him through, or instead of me. I should love others with the love of God. I should treat my body like God’s temple. My here and now world should be the same as my there and then world. Wouldn’t that be nice? Wouldn’t that be perfect?”
Just my three cents.