J4~ Christ Jesus Our Hope

Our journal assignment for this week was:  What’s been the most important life lesson you’ve learned, perhaps in an unusual or unexpected way? Tell your story and the lesson, connecting it with a Scripture.  The following is actually adapted from my autobiography (one of my English assignments last year).  And no, I have not published it yet…


 

One of the greatest lessons God has taught me in my life is about just that:  life – and its chief end.  In 2010 and 2011, respectively, my great-grandmother and great-aunt died, the one from old age and the other from cancer.  After their deaths, my grandfather brought us loads and loads of their stuff – dressers full of clothes, boxes full of wrapping paper and bows, trash bags full of towels and sewing supplies;  I think it just pained him and his brother too much to go through all their things.  It overwhelmed visual/tactile me physically to see all the piles and piles of stuff, but what really stressed me emotionally was to see all their things, once so meaningful to them, now just sitting in our living room as heaps of useless and unwanted junk.  I struggled with not wanting to die, not wanting to end up like that, not wanting to spend a lifetime valuing things only for them to become worthless as soon as I had breathed my last breath.  “Meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless!” my thoughts echoed Solomon’s.  After wrestling inwardly with this for weeks (maybe months – I can’t remember at this point), Jesus pulled me out of my slough of despond (or maybe it was actually the dungeon of Despair).  I finally realized that the only way life could really have any true purpose or meaning was in Christ.  He is the only One Who provides life with any sort of truly soul-satisfying meaning and purpose outside of the fleeting and utterly vain pleasures of this temporary cosmos.  If it were not for that, I think I would have turned to Romanticism or Transcendentalism at the best, existentialism and suicide at the worst.  Outside of having a higher frame of reference in the Lord, I cannot comprehend how one could possibly live and find any true enjoyment in life.  In light of this, it is no surprise that Paul terms Him, “Christ Jesus our hope…”

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9 thoughts on “J4~ Christ Jesus Our Hope

  1. Man… That’s really sad. 😦 I’m glad you managed to pull past it with God’s help, but wow. I personally have not experienced depression, but with the way you describe it, it’s not too hard to sympathize. At least we have Christ huh? 🙂

    ~Michael Hollingworth
    Disce Ferenda Pati – Learn to endure what must be borne

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      1. You’re welcome. Though the rhyme may not be intended, it certainly works. 😉 I honestly don’t know. Hard to imagine what life would be like without God.

        ~Michael Hollingworth
        Disce Ferenda Pati – Learn to endure what must be borne

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          1. hehe. I tend to be on my computer most of the day. Also just happened to reload my reader just as you replied. XD

            ~Michael Hollingworth
            Disce Ferenda Pati – Learn to endure what must be borne

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