By: Brother Christian (Christian Cotejar)
As early as three years old, parents send their children to school to gain “knowledge.” Knowledge that teaches us to write our own name, count, know letters—both big and small, cursive and printed—identify shapes and colors, and know textures—from soft to hard, smooth to rough. To understand our body—its different organs, systems, and functions. To understand our family as the smallest group of our society. To know more about our country, and how to love it.
After so many years in school, what is the value of good education in the time of a pandemic? What’s the sense of memorizing the table of elements and all the planets of the solar system? What is the value of understanding different concepts and theories? Will the world change because we can now solve a hard equation in Algebra or Calculus? What would be the value of a piece of paper we call a diploma during world chaos?
As we finished our studies, some say we now enter “the real world,” “the real life.” The ultimate goal of schooling is to prepare us for the future. While we are young, we keep on preparing to become an adult. By the time we are adults, we prepare to become old. Then what’s next? We prepare to die. We work to stay alive, to survive, and to make ends meet. We get a job, get paid, buy things that we like, pay our rent and bills, eat, sleep, and the cycle continues.
Where is life in this process? Is this the real life? Is this what we call “living”? In the event of a pandemic like this, how can this life cycle help us?
At the end of the day, we will realize that a good-paying job or a successful business is no match against an unseen and minuscule, yet formidable virus.
A time will come that we can’t stand the coldness of the night. We’ll have blurry eyesight, shaking bones and muscles, and can’t even finish a small amount of meal on the plate. We will then realize our end is near. What is our body’s capacity to fight over a fast accumulating virus as we grow older and weaker? By then, we will realize and say to ourselves, “what have I done with my life?”
At the end of the day, did all our preparations from childhood to adulthood really matter? By then, we will identify that life would not be a “life” without God in it.
We will see there is only one important matter in life, and that is God. At present times, all the things we put value in our lifetime simply fades away and lose all meaning. Being a cum laude or a class president has no meaning when you are working in a BPO company, or when you have a business on sales, or giving services to clients. Another perspective shows investments, profits, and all other money-making platforms are not that big a deal in our huge, centralized air-conditioned mansion, with a swimming pool, if we live alone in our old age.
At the end of the day, we will realize the Bible is correct. We shouldn’t have ignored it in the first place.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 1:2)
At the end of the day, what is really important? Knowledge will fade away. Jobs will be lost. Businesses will be closed. Physical strength will be gone. Even family and loved ones will leave us in due time.
There is one—the only one that will stay. The one that is there with you from the very beginning. We fail to recognize this because we are so fascinated by the temporary beauty of this world. The One is our Lord God. The One who created us from the womb. The One who gave us strength as a child. The One who guided us to become successful in any field of endeavor we entered. The only One who will gladly wait for us in the second life, our eternal life with our Creator.
We all hope and pray this pandemic will end soon. When that moment comes, let us all accept it as our second life here on earth. Let us all use our second life in giving praises and glory to our Lord. He is the only One that matters. He will remain God. Powerful. Savior.
At the end of the day we are all unknowledgeable, imprudent, weak, and hopeless. Everything will be senseless living without God. May this short message encourage us to use our life for the glory of our God, and believe the gate of heaven awaits all of us. GOD BLESS US ALL.