In the wake of the Mayan miscalculation, I was attracted to a sign in front of a Mennonite homestead yesterday. It read, “What’s written in your book of life?”
Where I live, we have a number of Mennonite and Amish families. Most have a similar signs — “Maybe today!” or “Trust in the Lord”. Over the years, I seen hundreds at driveways, periodically changed for the time or season.
But this one was a new one.
I would like to think my book of life is filled with one positive story or event after another. But I know better. There are dark stories and events interspersed there as well. And so it is with all of us … a life story book filled with good and bad.
And that brings me to those doomsayers who believed a catastrophe loomed on 12/21/12. They were convinced some seismic, meteoric or apocalyptic event would occur that would hurl us all to the hereafter. Most were prepared to go out with a party. Few considered their individual book of life.
It isn’t just the doomsayers who have been neglecting the entries in their life journals. Many people today seem so overwhelmed with the financial and work [or lack of it] strains, they have been driven to despair. We see it in increased cries for mental health assistance, drug use, thefts and a total rejection of their moral compass. We see less and less regard for the value of human life and more and more regard for immediate, and sadly temporary, gratification in my life.
I would have liked to see those staring into eternity take some time to evaluate their lives rather than go out with a bang and a bottle of booze. I would like to see the rest of us do that same evaluation.
You may feel you have been abandoned by God, but the truth is you have abandoned Him and He is still there. You may not believe in a God, but by god, you must believe in yourself. You may not believe in a grand plan, but by god, you must believe you’re here for a reason. Figure that out. It probably has something to do with relationships with family and friends.
George Bailey figured it out in It’s a Wonderful Life. Each life touches so many others.
The truth is, some day the calendar will ring up our last day. For some, it was 12/21/12; for others it was 12/20/21; for still others it was 9/27/08. For the rest of us it will be …
I would like to think my book of life is filled with one positive story or event after another. But I know better. There are dark stories and events interspersed there as well. And so it is with all of us … a life story book filled with good and bad. The difference is because of a Baby in a manger, my dark stories have faded and my penalty has been paid in full. That can be what is written in your book of life as well.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Look around this week. Who has God put in your life? They’re not there by accident. God brings people across our paths on purpose. You and I are here to add value to people. You and I are here to help others succeed.