A Thousand Things To Do Before You Die? Living For Experiences Is Futile!
I recently saw a TV show called 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. It is about a newlywed couple who travels around the world experiencing all kinds of things in different countries. The TV show has them boasting about how they “put their lives on hold” so they can go travel around the world. They act like their friends think they are crazy for putting everything off to go travel. But I say yeah right! They did not put their lives on hold to go travel around the world! The TV show they are on is their job and they get paid to be the hosts of the show which allows them to show off all of their pretentious cultural knowledge and other nonsense. They reek of yuppie-ness and are obviously rich. The average person cannot afford to go travel around the world and go to 1,000 places before they die. This show acts as if it is a hard thing to do to go travel around the world and stop working at regular jobs that everyone else is working at in order to be paid to go travel to these locations.
What they feature on the show are all of the places you most likely will never get to go see unless you of course are extremely rich and can afford the airfare, hotel accommodations, transportation , food, and not to mention other expenses. Most people in theUnited Statescan’t even travel around in their own country to see their nation’s landmarks let alone their own state all the time. I find this attitude of “I need to go and experience all kinds of things and accomplish goals before I die” as totally futile and stupid. Everyone dies and life is short and what we do on earth for ourselves means nothing in Eternity. So many people act as if their experiences somehow make them more sophisticated of a person and better than everyone else as they boast about what they did on all of their “ultra cool” vacations. They act as if they have some insight of world cultural knowledge that no one else has just because they traveled. In reality these people are every bit as ignorant about life as they were before they left. People of Intercultural Studies or Anthropology are far more qualified to speak on world culture and geographical issues because they studied them and understand the deeper concepts of world culture. Such students don’t have to see every single landmark in the world to be more than capable of being cultured. It takes more than being rich and going places to really understand things. Many people could be uptight, snobby jerks and go to another country and act the same way in that country they would at home and leave thinking they are somehow smarter. This is ignorant.
The Christian understands that life is not about sensing things because we are simply biological masses with no spirit or soul, and everything is physical as all we can do is use our 5 senses to understand the world. This is what the atheist foolishly believes. The secular mind has no desire to understand the purpose of life in God. All they care about is self-gratification through their physical senses as they try hard to suppress the truth in their conscience about God (Romans 1:18). It is interesting how Ecclesiastes 1:18 claims, “For with much wisdom is much sorrow; as knowledge increases, grief increases.” Yet, so many secular minds will suppress the truth of sorrow as well. Most of the world travelers that can do anything and go anywhere are enjoying the benefits of their earthly wealth that gives them the opportunity to experience the world’s pleasures in every country of the world. They ignorantly forget the pain and suffering, or at least ignore it and never think about it again as seeing the poverty worldwide ruins their vacation if they dwell on it. Or they simply only stay at tourist areas and never go to the real local cultural areas of the countries they visit.
For the Christian, he knows that life is about serving God wherever you are and in whatever circumstances you are in. There is a reward after death for all Christians and that is what he lives for. There is no point in trying to pursue achievements. King Solomon said, “When I considered all that I had accomplished and what I had labored to achieve, I found everything to be futile and a pursuit of the wind. There was nothing to be gained under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 2:11). The secular person does not understand this and thinks that life on earth is all that exists so they desperately strive to achieve and experience as many things as they can possibly experience through their senses before they die. After this there is judgment for them. If they only understood the truth of the gospel and who God is they wouldn’t pointlessly pursue such futile things and would serve God and escape judgment. Romans 4:4 says, “Regarding them: the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” The Christian on the other hand does “not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (Romans 4:18).
Think about what is unseen and the pursuit of the glory of God in order to proclaim the gospel wherever you go and do not worry about experiencing everything in the entire world; accept your circumstances and live for Him. The things we will experience for eternity cannot be compared to the small futile pursuits humans strive for on earth.