We will pay one last visit to the curmudgeon.
It’s been amazing to me to see all your responses. Yesterday I printed a sentence from each person who emailed me a response to the idea of a curmudgeon’s funeral — over 25 of them. A couple were from pastors who sent me full-on curmudgeon funeral services they have used in their practice. Apparently there are a lot of these guys out there!
Today, I read through the comments of those who commented on line — almost as many as sent me emails. Once again, the overall theme is one of compassion, hope and final chances we may never know about. It ultimately comes down to the Lord. Jesus saves; we don’t.
When you come right down to it, what is life for, anyway? You could argue that life is for any number of reasons, and, to be sure, this life engulfs us with many issues, responsibilities and opportunities. But when all is said and done, there is one thing thing that remains, and to miss it would be missing the most important reason for our existence. That one main thing I’m talking about is to meet our Maker and have an opportunity to accept or reject His free offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. To have lived and not done this is to have missed the point of living.
It could even be argued that this isn’t life at all. The punishment for Adam and Eve for disobedience was that they should surely die. Well they did, and so has everyone after them. Well then, what is this thing we call life — this 70-some-odd-year experiment as a breathing corpse, if not to respond to God’s grace? Our curmudgeon friend has yet to complete the main reason for his existence. I should hesitate to even call this life. It is God’s grace in providing us an opportunity to turn back the curse — to retro death. We are turning back the clock on the punishment.
God told them the day they eat of the fruit they shall surely die, and they surely did. They just had a few years thrown in there to respond to God’s plan to save. This life has no guarantees except that it will most surely end in death. The next one — the life called eternal — will put this one far behind. So keep that in perspective, especially when this one is is full of hardship and disappointment.