Are we ever going to be satisfied with what we look like physically? We are constantly looking to other's to tell us how we appear to them. The world says we have to be beautiful. That is to a person who sees you with his or her eyes. A person who sees you with his heart is another matter. On Saturday, someone said, if you lose your job and are looking for another, make sure you do all you can to look as youthful as possible, that is meant of course to color your hair. The world only knows one thing, and that is a focus on what's physical and youthful. But what of the purpose in life? We seek to be eternal here? Why do we try to keep ourselves from looking older? Aging, we see ourselves leading to that fallen state, death. We are afraid of the unknown.
Here in the states just lately, we saw the result of people who were scared into thinking that a health care plan of action could lead to their demise faster than they would like. Erroneously or not, it makes one think, now doesn't it? Death only becomes welcoming when suffering is involved, according to most people. One thing is for sure, you're not going to escape it.
That leads to our purpose, that life begins when we know the only true God. And it does not begin after death but here and now. So how does it begin? We are all born the same, mindless. A word my mom used often. So in our quest, we study and learn what others teach us, filling our brain. History leads us on a path that can be both good and bad depending on who is our teacher. We are very much a product of learning by example and our environment. Yet, where we end up eternally depends on how we live life here. The question then becomes how do we acquire eternal life?
Acquiring eternal life depends on how much we love and that has nothing to do with education accept to learn who is "Eternal Life," Christ, our true God." How do we learn to love? God is both Love and Eternal Life. How do we then learn to "Know" God? With our Heart. (Taken from the Orthodox Study Bible) John 17:3 "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."
When we learn to see with our heart and fulfill the commandment to love one another, will we have a life worth living and will know the meaning of life and life eternally, through Him. You might even be happy, irregardless of life's status. Remember the hymn: As many as have been Baptized into Christ, Have Put on Christ, Alleluia!
Proverbs 21:1-3 "As a flow of water, so is the heart of the King in the hand of God; wherever He wills to incline it, there he turns it. Every man appears righteous to himself. But the Lord makes hearts right. To do righteous things and to speak the truth."
The book of Psalm, taken from the Orthodox Study bible, how we are to live is revealed.
Psalm 37:3-4 "Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart".
And, in time, you will learn (if there is anything worth learning here), is that the only desire of your heart is Him. It was always, loving Him. Because He loved you first--just the way you are.
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