We all arrive here without our consent, realizing we have life. To complicate matters, life is easily snuffed out and without warning. In societies where road and air travel are relatively safe, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, wild fires, terrorist attacks, random shootings or terminal diseases can terminate life in the twinkling of an eye. This is either an evil, meaningless world or there is a loving Creator who has provided a way for us to live in the shadow of death.
I choose the later for many reasons. I believe it is truth and it makes sense to me. Creators do not consult their creations before bringing them into existence, yet creators equip their creations with the wherewithal to thrive in the environments within which they will be functioning. Much more the Creator referred to as Love.
But how can we live in the shadow of death? What equipment enables us successfully navigate time to eternity? How can one live in such a way that the next word or action could be a worthy last word or act? If not your last, it could be the last to be witnessed by the other party, whether at home, at work, at play or even on social media.
It may seem impossible to joyfully exist in the shadow of death but on the contrary, living in the shadow of death the way the Creator designed it brings deep joy and genuine peace. How come? Your life is centered around the one thing designed into us without our consent, Love the very essence of unending life, which Christ introduced.
He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” A statement that is profoundly difficult to misinterpret. He came here not to found a religion but to bring the life that enables every human who chooses, to fearlessly, joyfully live in the shadow of death, by loving God and people with reckless abandon.