Surely God would not have created such a being as man to exist for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality. –Abraham Lincoln
This life is not all there is. Your time on Earth is but a small parenthesis in eternity. –Sir Thomas Browne. Many faiths believe this, teach this to us, but we tend to forget as we keep ourselves busy living in the now. But are we truly living?
Warren states when we fully comprehend that there’s more to life than just the now, & we realize that life is just preparation for eternity, we will begin to live differently. “You will start living in light of eternity, and that will color how you will handle every relationship, task, & circumstance.” Many activities which seemed so important will appear trivial. Our values change, our priorities are reordered. We will place a higher premium on relationships and character instead of fame, wealth, achievements, even fun.
I like Warren’s analogy: The 9 months we spent in our mother’s womb preparing for life is as this life is preparation for the next. Measured against eternity, our time on earth is just a blink of an eye, but the consequences of it will last forever. The deeds of this life are the destiny of the next.
Most faiths believe this. In Pandit Raimani Tigunait’s article about the Khajuraho temples, he looks at the interior temple wall of the sun god’s temple. Worldly experiences is sculpted in the first level, what we must do to survive, both positive & negative issues, This is Life. In the 2nd level, Life is a celebration, a heavenly sport here on earth, perfection of aesthetic expression–how our life is when we are no longer in the grip of fear & doubt. Infused w/self appreciation & self respect we actively seek fulfillment. Partaking of the celebration of life, we become distracted, disoriented, & entangled, we forget the higher purpose & meaning of life. The rare among us enjoy the pleasures of the world without drowning in them because they remain everaware of the higher purpose and meaning of life. http://media.himalayaninstitute.org/Newsletter/india/KhajurahoArticle.pdf
Warren’s Question to Consider: Since I was made to last forever, what is the one thing I should stop doing and the one thing I should start doing today?
Just as my sons are becoming adults, I feel I can again step into the work force. This question makes me realize that my non profit work is valid even more today & I will continue focusing my energies in this direction. At minimum, it should be setting example to my own family what needs to be an important priority in their lives as they begin standing on their own.
Before starting Day 5—Seeing Life from God’s View, I’d like you to go to the link below and do the Magic Mirror Exercise–seeing the world thru God’s eyes.
This exercise is designed to give you a brief taste of big mind. While our normal mental state is to dwell in the relative small mind, it is possible to develop practices that briefly open the gates of big mind. Each time this happens, we get flashes of insight. Let’s discuss it next time.
* Weekly we will be writing about what inspires us from each consecutive chapter of Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. If you read along with us, please share your inspirations. There’s no need to catch up, just jump right in.