Clergy Confessional (47) Life is Short

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Most of us can agree that the title of this blog – Life is Short – is a truism of major importance. I came to this conclusion at an early age, and have kept it in mind for decades. You never when your end will come – you never know if you will see someone again – so stop wasting time and do something! When I think of someone, I contact them. If I have a dream and a person I know appears in it, I call that morning. I know that it sounds weird, but I assure you that I am not losing my mind. Life is short, and I try to make the most of it.

There are limits to this axiom – I never had enough money to travel, and when you have kids and responsibilities, that money gets even tighter. I think that we all recognize, regardless of our finances, that we have a limited time on earth, so when we get an opportunity, we should take it. When we can learn something new, or when we get a chance to do good, we should never let it pass us by. Life is short, so make the most of it.

I thought about this last week as I prepared for my Sunday sermon. I said that I think the incarnation – God becoming flesh in Jesus – really must have changed God. You see, God is not controlled by time like we are. God doesn’t eat, sleep, or put hours worked in to some boss to get paid. God just is. When God became human, God’s is-ness took on a very different dimension. For the first time, God got hungry, needed sleep, and had to follow day and night. I would like to think that this caused God to change – maybe God got to understand a bit about what we, as humans, go through. Maybe this last effort profoundly affected God, because this final attempt to reconnect God to humanity is accomplished by building a bridge between God and us. God got to experience what it is like in our heads and in our short lives, and that may have give God insight into something God had never experienced before: the finality of a human beings earthly existence.

So reach out to the people you love – the people you haven’t seen in awhile – your family, friends, and even your enemies. Try to clear up your difficulties and distances and misunderstandings so you can have a clean conscience and a clear heart. This doesn’t mean that the other people will want the same from you, but at least you can say you tried. Life is short – make the most of it!

Steve Ohnsman has been the pastor of Calvary UCC since 1999. He has B.A. in Religion & Philosophy from Wilmington  College (OH), and M. Div. from Drew Theological Seminary (NJ), a D. Min. in Christian Ethics from United Theological Seminary (OH), and a Ph.D in Leadership. from Alvernia University  (2015).

Author: Pastor Steve Ohnsman