Recently I have been listening to the Buddhist British philosopher Allan Watts, and I came across a quote of his. One day when he was asked what surprised him most about humanity, he answered,
“Man…. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
Now how many Christians actually do this! We try to control the involuntary necessities of our life. This isn’t seen that often when it pertains to our natural bodies. We go to sleep and trust that we will keep breathing, we give in to our instinct to eat, and to drink. However, we don’t often give into our natural purposes on earth when it comes to the soul.
If we think about how our existence can never add anything to the world or to God. Yet, we live our lives thinking about the end imagining that will will add something either to God or ourselves or our family. Many plan to change their ways before the end. We save our money and say when I grow older, or next year. This mentally is taught to us throughout our lives. We are thrown into kindergarden and told that if you complete this you can go to first grade. After that we head on down to second, then to third, then to high school, to college and after college we are told to go out into the world. When we are in the world we get a day in/day out job, and save some money, meeting the business quota. However, this planning, this saving leads to the middle age crisis. Living to retire, putting our savings away just to spend the rest of our lives in a senior citizens home. Life is not a pilgrimage or a journey, we must not look to the end of earthly lives because the end of life on earth can happen at any second. Life is not a journey, but a symphony.
If music were like the journey, the best part would be the end. Composers would write for the finish, and the same goes for dances. The dance is not for it’s end but for the dance itself (The journey should be like the dance/music). Our lives and our love cannot add to the infinity of God or even take from God (How can you add or subtract from infinity!). We cannot even add to the good of this earth we live on, all we can do is be God’s instruments of adding to the good and other than that all we can do is take away. All life comes from God. In itself, Life is a form of pure action and pure action is God – “I AM”. True Life is living as God, for God. The purpose of life is to know, love and serve God in all one’s thoughts words and omissions (CCC). This is how life is properly spent for the sake of God, which in a sense is Love – is Truth – is Beauty – is God. We must trust our God to take the wheel and steer, in the exact same way that we trust that our bodies will keep breathing even when we go to sleep.
Our soul is hungry for the Spiritual Nourishment. We must give into the right conscience, we must give into Christ written on our heart. Let God take the wheel and let Him Drive.