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Friday, May 28, 2010

How shall we now live?

I love watching old movies, so the other day I stumbled upon a hilarious old comedy called “You Can’t Take it With You.” One of the main themes of the movie is the ability to do as one pleases in life rather being tied down to a job or having to do anything in life that isn’t “fun.” This is the way one of the families in the movie lives their lives. As I was watching the movie, I found one scene very interesting. The grandfather of the family relates his “turning point,” from living a boring life to a fun life, to another man who is tied down by life in general.

“I wasn’t having any fun. . . so I came right down and never went back. That was 35 yrs. ago.”
“Admirable( in a sarcastic tone) – and you haven’t done a thing since?”
“Oh yes, just the things I wanted to do – collected stamps, went to the zoo, and even found time to notice when spring came around. . .”

I burst into laughter thinking how ridiculous the grandfather sounded. Since when is going to the zoo an accomplishment? As I was laughing at the foolishness of the grandpa, I stopped and thought to myself about what a pity it really was to live a life like that. To think, there are really people out in this world who believe that living life as they please is what life is about- fun. Those thoughts are in accordance with a worldview- not God’s view. As a Christian, I know that I am to live in a manner that pleases God. I couldn’t help but think about myself and actions in life, “Am I wasting my life like the old man in the movie?”. Will my life be something to be laughed at as well? Will I stand before the throne and say to God, “This is what I have accomplished- I collected stamps and went to the zoo.” How sad that would be! I want to live my life in a way that pleases God at all times. I want my life to say in the famous words of Piper, “Living to prove that He is more precious than life.”