The world offers many invitations, but one of the most popular is: "Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die." Eating and drinking has almost become a profession with many, but being merry stumps a great host. That part is frequently harder to do than starting a lawnmower in the dead of winter.
The rationale for this invitation is that life is short so enjoy yourself. After all, "tomorrow we die."
Do you notice something missing? Our present society tends to push the word eternity out of our thoughts and lives, and we are left with the question: "Is that all there is?"
In "Choruses from the Rock," T. S. Eliot seems to write an epitaph for a godless people:
And the wind shall say: "Here were decent godless people:
Their only monument the asphalt road
And a thousand lost golf balls."
That’s somewhat of a hollow, empty feeling isn’t it!
C. S. Lewis observes, "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."
Robert A. Millikan, the American who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the measurement of the charge on the electron, wrote in his autobiography: "I do not see how there can be any sense of duty or any reason for unselfish conduct which is entirely divorced from the conviction that there is Something and Someone in the universe which gives meaning and significance to life. And no sense of value can possibly inhere in mere lumps of dead matter interacting according to purely mechanical laws."
We dare not live life without meaning or purpose. Yet many are doing just that.
Beyond eating, drinking and being merry, there lies death and God and eternity. The preacher tells us that God "has put eternity into man’s mind" (Ecclesiastes 3:11), and we shut that out to our own peril.
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