A Haiku - Worldliness
A Haiku - Worldliness
Living in the world?
World values change. Take your choice.
"In, but not of," mine.
What sets you apart?
Where can you find lasting value?
Advertising depends on worldliness, the right car, clothes, beverage, neighborhood and house. It sells "a bill of goods." Youth crave to fit in. There is another choice: just stand for what lasts.
That presents a problem. What lasts?
I have seen one thing that money can buy, and that lasts: a "Forever" stamp purchasable at any U. S. post office. In fact, it might even increase in its monetary value, if it becomes a "collectible."
Christ suggested that Christians should live "in this world, but not of this world" and instead set their sights on treasures in heaven where moths, rust, and thieves don't destroy.
Few human beings have dying wishes that yearn for the "things" they had yearned for in their daily lives, although I admit that I heard of a man who wanted to be buried in his car! To me that was a throwback to the ancient Egyptians. Others want to be buried in their finest clothes, making a last and final fashion statement.
For many there is a sadness that they didn't work less and live more, and that even when they worked so hard, it was often for the "things" and not for people and for God.
Jesus didn't tell the rich young man to go and sell everything he had so he could go to the post office and buy "Forever" stamps....then again, nobody was selling those then.
What can man build that will last forever?
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And then there is Selfishness....
- A Haiku - Selfishness
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