When ’tis all there is

what is to keep me fromendless climb- when 'tis all there is

the life that takes

everything to its extreme,

every day to mean

it is mine,

my kingdom, my realm

to do as I choose.

To disregard the hard or

unpleasant

or even ignore that

which interests me not.

 

I do not have to understand

another’s reason or point of viewtop of the ladder- when 'tis all there is

for mine too is important to ME

and  I have only this

life to live once.

Feelings of guilt  in wrong-doing

become unnecessary

when it is right for me.

 

Sympathy, empathy, compassion,

patience, kindness

are wearisome and

take time

and energy that

I do not have to spare.

View from Murten city wall- when 'tis all there is

When ’tis all there is

what does it matter

in the long run?

 

But…

If there is

something more?

If we exist and continue

to do so after, not in

a continuous, spiraling,

endless cycle that

leads us nowhere in

particular, but inhigher purpose, fountain Grand Riedera- when 'tis all there is

a timelessness,

for a higher purpose

and completeness of

being,

what then?

 

When ’tis not…

How then shall WE live?

slk 19.02.2005

 

 

The thought behind this very tongue in cheek (sharp tongue I fear) prose was and is a growing distress at the self-centered focus of the world. This is logical because when God is rejected, who else is there to turn to? However, it brings up the question of purpose.  Regardless of what our philosophical or religious thinking drives us to, we all come to one very inescapable conclusion. Death.

So what then is the meaning or purpose* of this life we live? Do we serve our desires and needs, our self? Or is there something more? The Bible says there is and Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, lived and died to show us the way.

Jesus said:

 

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:9-11English Standard Version (ESV)

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Not too long ago the ‘it’ word was PURPOSE*- living a purpose-filled life, purpose this and that.  It became overused in the vernacular as happens with popular words. Now ‘intentional’ is the new ‘purpose’.  I suppose I am a bit jaded when it comes to words. I hate to see them abused and overstretched when they become popular. They lose all their value and then people despise them and won’t give them thought, even though they are thoroughly sufficient for any number of subjects.  It is a word-prejudice to the highest degree.  Popular words suffer the fate of a fast rising star, burning bright and celebrated by the masses, only to be torn apart, scorned and derided at some unspecified point, because the masses are fickle.  Please forgive me for resurrecting such a word.