I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but there’s a new TV series on Amazon at the moment which I’ve been watching. It’s called ‘The man in the high castle’ and it’s quite interesting. I’m really enjoying it, but I only watched the second episode last night (how restrained of me! xD), in which there’s a reference to the bible, to part of Ecclesiastes 15. And that got me reading the whole chapter. Verse 1 says, “Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your creator. Honour him in your youth before you grow old…” This part of the bible is a message to not put off becoming aware of your God, your creator. Procrastination is a word all too familiar amongst students :’) So often we put off tomorrow what we need to do today. And maybe it’s not so important to study or to do whatever that thing is that you’re delaying instantaneously, but this, matters of life and death, these questions of God and the meaning of life need to be thought about today.
Young people think they’re invincible and that they can do anything. (Well, it’s not just limited to ‘young’ people, just have a look on YouTube at the Darwin awards haha!) I rarely think about death and people who do are often called weird and morbid. Please note it’s not healthy to think about it too often! However it is important to reflect on our mortality and the infinite value and yet frailty of human life. Truly, we never know when we will pass away, we could have an unexpected accident. Just yesterday, as we were returning home from our Boxing Day walk, our neighbour drove into our car. Thankfully there was only damage done to the car, and although shaken (or some of us anyway) we were all fine. People go out all the time and never come home again. Life is fragile.
Many parts of the bible warn us that we never know how things will turn out, when things will happen; there are so many uncertainties in life (which is both exciting and scary), so we need to always be ready. And yet, the beautiful thing is that it’s never too late to turn to God, to change your ways. In A Christmas Carol, there’s a part in one of the film adaptations where Scrooge says, “But it’s too late for me now, spirit!” But this is not the case, despite his old age, he still has a change of heart and becomes a different person.
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
It is never too late to turn to God and start afresh with him. But, at the same time, you never know the future, so you should definitely not put off deciding tomorrow what needs to be thought about now, for tomorrow may never come.
God bless you and keep you, and may you not forget him simply because it makes life easier to not think about what’s on the other side. Much love, and I hope you’re having a lovely Christmas :) xoxox