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A Short Series of Musings on Death, Life, Love, & What It Means To Be Human // ENTRY TWO: Life

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan

Life. We love talking, thinking, and dreaming about life. Maybe you’ve been telling yourself that life is rarely on your mind, but I believe it’s quite the opposite.

When you’re hurting and broken, what is it you desire? Life. You want to feel alive again, not broken and worn-down.

When you dream about the future, you’re dreaming about being alive. You’re dreaming about more than just blood flowing through your veins. Your heart is longing to come fully alive in the soul, not just this physical frame.

When we create and work at something that we love, we often call it “coming alive”. Why? Maybe it’s because we were meant to create, to move, and to work like the God who gave us life. All of those things are attributes of being enamored with life.

Life is not just this day-in-day-out routine of monotony of mere existence. The Scriptures claim that Jesus is life in its true essence.

“All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.” – John 1:3-5 

Where Jesus is there is life. Where there is life there is creativity.

Western Christianity has confused eternal life with this thing that happens to us when we die. In reality, eternal life begins when we start following Jesus and are consumed by his grace. “In him was life”, not “In him will be life when you die”. Again, we’re not talking about the life blood that fills your veins; this is a life that is untouchable by the darkness in our world. It’s a life that awakens the human spirit to become our true selves.

In the first entry on death, I shared this verse:

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’” – John 11:25-26

He is the life.

Life isn’t merely existing. As Francis Chan said, we should fear that we would live our lives for what doesn’t actually matter. True life comes in knowing Jesus, seeking truth, loving one another, and creating a safe place for others to meet God.

I’d rather live my life for what’s truly life, not this decaying mirage of greed, pleasure, and temporary success. Give me that life, not this biting and scraping to get ahead of the other guy. I’m over that kind of living. It’s not living; it’s dying.

In Jesus is true life. We have been invited to come alive in the arms of the one who died for us.

It’s time to come fully alive.