There is something freeing about accepting the fact that none of us really matter that much. Not in the grand scheme of things.
“Man is like to vanity. His days are as a shadow that passes away.”
Yet, we are alive. Do we really appreciate that fact?
Just sitting still with that thought and fully feeling my existence is almost strange.
On one hand, I know that I am nothing and that is okay. It is good to accept that. Needing to be more than nothing leads to all sorts of problems. Pride. Vanity. Self Righteousness. Hypocrisy. Wrathful Indignation. Vengeance. Blindness. Death.
It is a blessing to know just how little our lives really are and how fleeting they are. How brief. How inconsequential. Yet, how wonderful. We live. WE LIVE!
Such a simple thing that we take for granted. Yet, in our vanity and pride we think that it’s not enough to just live. We have to matter. We have to matter so much that other people do not matter unless they bow to us and all that we hold dear–and that we hold above the only One who does matter. The One who gave us life in the first place.
In reality, we should be so thankful to have life that we do what we can to preserve it–and not for ourselves, but for others because their life is precious too. Fleeting as a shadow and inconsequential, yet also precious.
We need to be humble and sober minded about our lives, yet exceedingly grateful and protective of them. And again, not protective of our own, but for life in general. If we have to destroy another to preserve our own lives, then that is not appreciation for life as it should be. It is pride and love of self.
I think things like Cancel Culture and Black Lives Matter have it all backwards. Any movement that feels entitled to preserve themselves by robbing others of life has it backwards. Pro Choice movements. An Marxist ideal. Any idea that exalts mankind is foolishness and vanity.
We all deserve to be cancelled. None of us really matter. Yet we live.
If we saw how much we were given instead of feeling entitled to more, we would not cancel one another. We would not exalt any group of people above another or demand that people repay us or give us all that we are due.
Those who think that they should cancel opposition might be judged by their judgment. Those that think they should be given what they are due might find that they get exactly what they deserve.
These movements lead to just one outcome: death. You will get what you gave others. You who cancel will be cancelled. You who think you are entitled to reparations will be repaid with the non existence you deserve.
Why? Because you live and it is not good enough for you. Why should you continue to do so? Especially when you want to take life from others.
Instead of cancelling others or demanding reparations and worship, we should lift one another as we realize that our lives did not come by chance. There is One who created them. He holds it all. One day He will deliver those who trust in Him from the “hands of the sons of strangers.”
They will know that the battles we fight amongst ourselves are pride and vanity. We will all see how our self-preservation is our death. “He wounded me so I killed him.”
The curse of man is to do so, and the world rejects the gospel of Jesus Christ that could remedy the hearts of man–through humility and respect and thankfulness for life. Many will willingly welcome Death and worship him, all the while thinking that they are saving their skins. All the while thinking that they are “cancelling” the enemy. All the while thinking that their lives matter. Their comforts and riches matter. Their vengeance matters.
God will repay it all, and we will see that we are nothing more than dust.
I want to be more thankful. I want to do better about accepting the fact that I do not matter. I want to do better about accepting the fact that I deserve to be cancelled, and in fact, I deserve to be wiped from all existence. Our God is exceedingly generous to us. So much so that He gave His Son for us. How we take it for granted!
Do something worth while with that life–though it is not worth anything–because you could just as easily not exist. And that would be fair. Even so, to Jesus who gave His life for you, “your are worth more than many sparrows.” You matter to Him. He needs to matter more to us. He cannot be canceled. He won’t be. His voice will shake the heavens and the earth, and those who trust in Him will live.
Those who love their lives will lose them. Those who lose their lives for His sake will gain everlasting life. As Jesus has said, we should remember.