Alan Ervine blogs again:
Saturday 17th July
Mostly quiet in the hospital for the weekend. I decided to wash and shower by myself – which proves to be okay. No sooner been through that process than John Troup from Canada arrives to visit me – having been at Tearfund on 16th July. John and I chat about the illness and how Liz & Paul are, and we discuss Tearfund staff in Ethiopia. In the afternoon, I make it to the day room just with a stick – feels good. Paul, Gale & Liz are great company. MA arrives later and we have a great discussion.As I am turning in for the night, I ask the question, what is the purpose of life? In the words of Cat Stevens, “Find a girl, settle down, if you want you can marry. Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy.” If I were to die tonight, what truly would the purpose of my life have been? At one end of the spectrum, we have the philosophers who say that we are little above the animals. We exist for a while, procreate, have relationships, then we die – the end of the story. Others claim that every single human moment is suffused with great meaning, and the loving relationships we have and the times we care for each other bring meaning to an existence that would have been little more than a random collection of molecules drawn from the primordial swamp.
But Jesus offers the most astounding and radical meaning to the purpose of life. And that is to prepare for the next life after death. “We are building day by day, as the moments pass away, a temple that the world cannot see …”There is one key proviso to this, which is that the preparations on earth do not begin until we first come to the Father and offer our lives and will into his hands. It’s a bit like the story of the prodigal son coming home. We need to do that first; and then the preparations for heaven can really begin in earnest.
You will never be disappointed in the Jesus purpose of life. It will lift our eyes away beyond the day-to-day things that burden us and weigh us down. Sign up for this divine purpose as soon as possible.