SCRIPTURE: Psalm 119:33 (TM)
God, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course.
STORY: as shared by Carl Sagan -
A story making the rounds concerns a Biology I examination in which the students were asked: "Suppose you could take to Mars any of the laboratory equipment used in this course. How would you determine if there was life on Mars?" One student responded: "Ask the inhabitants. Even a negative answer would be significant." The student got an A.
How does an individual determine the difference between being alive and living?
We can mark off days on a calendar. We can make a list of what we consume. We can calculate our life expectancy based on medical research. There are numerous ways to determine if life exists – heart beating, breathing, etc. but do any of these determine if an individual is living … from the perspective of God?
In creating human beings the scripture shares that God blew the breath of life into them. That “breath” is more than just being physically alive. God created us to be in a relationship with him not just marking our days and walking through our years. And so I ask the question again: How do we determine the difference between being alive and living?
Lent is a time of prayer and fasting. It is a time of reflection and contemplation. It is a time of evaluating our relationship with God. It is a time wherein we can determine if we are just existing or truly living.
The answer that I might arrive at for me will not be a sufficient answer for you. We each have to arrive at our own answer. An answer is called for so that when we reach the end of our earthly existence we won’t look back and wonder where did it all go?
Help us to live as long as we are alive!