Los Angeles -- Life's journey is a journey of many travels and adventures, tragedies and triumphs, disappointments and hope, rejection and faith, poverty and wealth, death and life, cries and laughter, hate and love. We all create in one form or another our own story, our own history as we face a mystery we call future. For some of us we turn inward toward either faith or the bottle. For others it might manifest in an obsessive co-dependency, a compulsive addiction to drugs or the trendier phrase, if you can call that a trend; I call it lust, sexual addiction that has created social, economic as well as political ramifications in the social fabric of our society. Now where are you going with this you ask? Well I am heading toward the final frontier. That undiscovered country that we avoid yet yearn for.
When you reach the midway point you pause momentarily and take a deep contemplative breath and hopefully avoid the temptation of looking back and welling your heart, mind, soul and eventually your body with regrets and self condemnations that leave an already scarred battlefield of trauma and drama with more tragedy, possibly worse than the prior half a century or more, laced with that immutable danger that leads to the final frontier of no return in a vessel called self destruction.
Pity in any form whether self-inflicted nor self-imposed through the acceptance of the goodwill opinion of friends and lovers is the hammer that slams ones self-esteem and respect on the anvil of indifference and neglect. Such is the case of many. Such is the case for all of us at some point in our short lived existence in this world. And you wonder why a pastor from Lake Forrest, CA has a runaway hit, THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE. Despite the loss of his son by suicide, Rick Warren was and is still defining love and value one of which was this journal of the heart and its destiny in the course of a lifetime.
On a similar note my parish priest, I am Orthodox Christian by faith, a member both culturally and spiritually of the Greek Orthodox jurisdiction. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this denomination please do a Google search there is a ton of stuff on this ancient Christian fellowship of believers in Christ's faith. Any how this is not a sermon but a moment of reflection as I enter the cross roads of my short lived span of this existence.
The endemic markers of modern life specifically in the post-industrialized world include family, friends, education, career, retirement and the benefits that come with all that from money, status, comfort and notoriety. My parish priest delivered a homily, one of many that sears the truth within the depths of one's soul on Value and Love. At least that is what I call it. The message that day couldn't come at a better time for it placed for me a parenthetical boundary around my life clearly defining, at least for me, the purpose driven life versus the meandering life that many of us find ourselves whether early in our lives, during our middle years or even in the latter half of our golden years as many euphemistically refer to the quixotic quest to sustain youth and extend the boundaries of our mortality as if living another half a century will really make a difference.
Good old Abe Lincoln, probably the most revered President, best summed it up like this: “Live a good life. In the end it is not the years in a life, but the life in the years.”
It is no accident Father John, my parish priest, is an admirer of President Lincoln. And his sermon that he gave that day in essence reflected the wisdom of Mr. Lincoln's aphorism.
Which is a reflection of the famous Biblical passage of a purpose driven life: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul." Mark 8:36-37.
So in essence the sermon given that day by Father John was a re-summary of the previous two quotes just sighted. One from a man who faced death gallantly and one from a man who witnessed and touched the face of God. Both changed history, both went to death and life both were at the crossroads of their short lived existence both found their value and love through an encounter with the risen Christ.
So here I am like you and like many others on this day of my birth trying to walk the walk and not just talk the talk in the face of relative uncertainty in the midst of obscurity reaching for the value and love we all are driven to receive.
I will spare you the details of my short lived existence. It is no different than yours in its fundamentals. The needs of the many are the same as the needs of one. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. For if it was not so then a man would not have been put to death two thousand years back for giving value and love to a blind, panic stricken, destitute society in what was then known as Palestine, present day Israel.
I stand upon these shoulders in reflection today. Processing my personal view of life and attempting to re-conciliate with the reality of who I am and where am I heading as I embark on the latter half of my short lived existence.
Maybe the purpose driven life is really a life of driven purpose. God bless you.
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