In a lifespan that’s so limited what are we supposed to learn?

The question above was stirred by a dream about an old train station being demolished and carted away to the last brick and railroad tie. I woke up thinking that my life too is destined to be demolished and carted away to the last breath and heartbeat.

In a lifespan that’s so limited, then, what are we supposed to learn? Well, we learn that we’re limited. We age. We deteriorate. We’re running on battery power alone and the batteries aren’t rechargeable. And when our batteries run out of juice, that’s it, we too are carted off to be disposed of.

And the reason it’s this way, embarrassingly, is because we chose it. We were the ones who decided we wanted a limited lifespan. God did warn Adam not to eat off a tree that would kill him, but he was easily persuaded to shorten his lifespan by a woman. And she was just as easily persuaded to shorten her lifespan by an obviously lying ┬áserpent. It didn’t take much, therefore, to persuade either of our formative ancestors to treat life so casually. They didn’t seem to care about limiting their lifespan at all. Or maybe it didn’t register that God was serious.

Either way, how daft could we humans be turning down the chance to extend our lifespan for a piece of fruit? And a similar question could be asked today, as to why we say things like, “This is the only life we’ve got so make the most of it” – or – “Life is not a dress rehearsal,” meaning this life is it, you only get one shot at it and there are no second chances.

And we’re satisfied with that? You mean we’re accepting without complaint that this life is all we’ve got – and that’s it? Then we’re just as dumb as Adam. Just like him we’re trading a life that could be extended forever for a brief kick at the can now.

Fortunately for us, Jesus was one human who did not view that kind of thinking as smart or normal, or even mildly acceptable. Instead, he lived the life Adam could have lived, a life of childlike trust in the Father of all humans, believing it was the only way a person could live forever, and the only way that made life worth living forever too.

Jesus, therefore, opened up our imaginations again as to what God made possible for humans from the beginning, that there is a life we can live that has no limited lifespan, and how that life can actually be lived now. That’s what he came to teach us. That, then, is what we’re supposed to learn.

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