Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Stages in life

How often have we really sat down and think about the stages in life?

Note : If you are offended by the topic of dying/death I suggest you stop reading.


We have often celebrated the arrival of a newborn child. I mean, why not? The child is a new life, the child brings joy to us. Parents would be extremely proud of their newborn. I'm sure we all enjoyed being a child, being the center of attention and attraction. But it also means the beginning of our journey.


Then when we reach teenage/young adult years. It is the time when we start to bloom to our fullest potential. Some earlier, some later but ultimately we will reach the peak of our life. Where everything seems to go well. Or for some, it is the time to show their 'true colours', 'coming out of the closet' and such others.

"Remember your Creator in the days or your youth..." Ecclesiastes 12:1a


"...before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, 'I find no pleasure in them'" Ecclesiastes 12:1b

Then again, life is a journey, where we from a newborn would reach to the time people call the 'golden age'. We grow old, if we have long lives. At that time, things start to go wrong, the body weakens, we are no longer able to shine like how we used to. What happen then? We start to depend on others, hoping that they will treat us well. Reflecting on life usually happen at this age, I believe.


And finally, our journey ends. We die. From dust we came, to dust shall we return. But does our journey really end here? I don't know what you believe but I believe it doesn't. Where then would you and I go? Have you really thought about it? I believe that we would either go to heaven or hell. I personally would love to go to heaven. Hell is just, well, hell. And I would love to see all of you in heaven as well. Where would your destination be?

"and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it." Ecclesiastes 12:7


If my life would end today, I hope that I can hear these words from the lips of the Master "Thou good and faithful servant".


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