Arrived Alive! Now What?

IMG_0033Those of you of a certain age (my age) will remember the “Arrive Alive” safe driving campaign and the associated 55 mph speed limit of your youth. In Florida we even had a license plate for the front bumper that was pretty popular in the early 70s (although the speed limit was not). Well, I hit 55 years yesterday, alive and well. Now what?

fl-aa-12.11Lately I’ve been thinking about life, death and spending my time wisely. None of us know how long we have, but not quite two years ago my father died at age 80. His father passed away at 81. It’s been on my mind that I’m more than two-thirds of the way there. That said, there are no guarantees. My brother-in-law died this year, aged 55.

Of course things can go the other way too. My mother’s sister is 95. Mom herself just had another birthday and is asymptomatic after a diagnosis of inoperable gallbladder cancer last April. Over the summer she prepared herself to die, and, honestly, we all did not expect her to be here for Christmas. But here she is, feeling well! God has spared her life. (which is a great story for another day/post.) Now what?

I’m finding that getting older and understanding the gospel go hand in hand. It’s only after I’ve “been there, done that” and come to appreciate my own mortality, that I really get the message. There is no satisfaction in worldly accomplishments. Everything material will pass away. Life is all about connecting with God. Yes, we need to “do stuff” and achieve certain material results, but ideally our activity will be directed and empowered by God. Paradoxically, I think that typically results in a lot less doing and a lot more achieving.

On the other hand spiritual things persist. I heard an evangelist say that only three things are eternal: “God, the Word of God, and the soul of man.” Makes sense to me.   Yes people die, and we don’t see them here on earth any longer, but they still exist. I’m thinking I should be spending my time on these eternal things, and this blog is part of that. How can I develop, and help others develop, a closer relationship with God and greater whole-person wellness? That’s what I’m about.

How about you? I’m a person. You’re a person. We’re not that different. Either of us could live to a ripe old age or could die next year. Or tomorrow. Or today. Perhaps you’d also like to spend your time on these eternal priorities. Let’s help each other. How can I help you?

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.   Eccles 4:9-12 NLT


PS – New Health Discipleship Facebook Page !
I’m just getting the hang of this “Facebook thing” and started a page today for Health Discipleship.  Hopefully it will be an easier way share my posts and have a conversation than solely through a stand-alone blog.  Please like it and pass it along.  (any technical tips or advice is also appreciated.)