“I have bad news for you,” said my pastor one Sunday morning from the pulpit. “In a hundred years, no one will remember us.”
I love this guy.
He’s also said things like the opposite of longing is not contentment, but apathy. And if your life feels unbalanced, identify the busy peripheral activity, shoot it in the leg, and allow it to go off and die by itself in the corner. I’m paraphrasing, but you get the idea.
As you’ve read here before, I only joined Facebook six months ago. This is hard for you to believe given how technologically savvy I am. Not.
Now that I’m participating, I’m quite taken by social media. Why then was I such a late adopter? One word: privacy.
What if someone from my past friends me? Or rejects me? What if they make fun of my pictures? What if they email me?
What if a serial killer selects me out of the billions of people on earth because of a Facebook comment about how much I miss Ronald Reagan? It could happen. That’s not an invitation, by the way.
Furthermore people do not need to be in my bidness, the trash talk pronunciation of business. They don’t need to be in that either.
As you’ve also read here before, I’m not sure how much longer I will live. Neither are you. I know. It’s sad. On the bright side, mortality adds perspective.
Privacy is a luxury. Think I’m wrong? Give birth or be hospitalized. Apply for life insurance. Be a victim of crime or get caught commiting one. Run for public office. Face financial ruin. Get divorced. Zip! There goes privacy right out the window with modesty, dignity and safety.
A Bible teacher of mine once told a story about President Theodore Roosevelt. The President took guests to one of his estates, let’s say Sagamore Hill on Long Island, New York. At night, they would walk with him under the dark, vast sky near the bay, silently taking in thousands of bright stars.
Then Roosevelt would say to them and to himself, “Feel insignificant yet?”
If you’re a private person, that’s fine. Continue to be private. It’s okay with me if it’s okay with you.
But if you’ve got something to say, somewhere to go, something to do, there’s no time like the present. Mind you, don’t hurt yourself or anyone else intentionally. Do live fearlessly now. What do you have to lose?
Think I share too much? Think you know everything that goes on in my mind and in my household? This is the tip of the iceberg. There are stories I’ll never tell.
Besides, one hundred years from now none of us will be here to remember and no one who is here will care.
I hope to be in a better place with no more death or mourning or crying or pain. So for the here and now, I’ll live the bravest life I can.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13 NIV
So long status quo. I think I just let go. You make me want to be Brave…