It amazes me sometimes all the challenges friends and acquaintances have to face. I hear them talk, I read about their concerns on Facebook, and sometimes they ask me for prayer. Then there are those who blithely go from weekend to weekend planning, escaping, entertaining themselves with not thought of preparing for tragedy or calamity in their life. It as though they falsely believe they are impervious to life verities. There is no strong foundation, no thought of how they might handle the circumstances, no spiritual formation to help them face life and death’s realities. We see it in some of the YouTube videos and live streams where people seem to think they are in a video game where their actions have no consequences. It is epicurean of them to think that all they need to do is eat, drink, and be merry for who knows what the hell is going to happen next – live it up – pleasure is all we need to get along in life.
I think videos of all kinds have blurred the line between reality and entertainment. We can have reruns and bonus lives. The answer is something that people want to deny. Loss is real and we need a way to prepare for those losses. The Bible says, “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” (1 Cor. 15:26) Death and loss are enemies of life and health and wellbeing. I have seen death and dying appear suddenly in the lives of families. Some have built a strong spiritual formation and have a strong community of support but many have gone through life unconscious of the possibility that this could happen to them.
They blindly think: “My children will grow up and I will die of old age”; “I will always have a job”; “My spouse will die before I will”; “If I just take care of myself my health will be fine.” This is not reality based thinking. Death and loss are enemies that we need to face. We can either face them with faith or denial. Think about how serious you are about building a spiritual foundation for yourself and your family before you desperately look for the missing tools you need one day.