I just heard some statistics about suicide this past week that were very disturbing. Of course, I’m sure the topic is fresh on minds since Robin Williams decided to take his own life. Suicide is more than three times as likely to be the cause of death as murder by gun. It’s almost twenty times as likely to be the cause of death as malnutrition. I could go on and on, or you can check out a cool “ticker” where updates occur before your eyes. Instead I’d like to give you three short reasons to be drawn to life…not death.
- Your life is real, and it’s the only one you’re ever gonna get. You’re not living in a dream world. When you hear Christians talk about being reborn, they’re talking about your spirit. And your spirit is the only place where true and everlasting life can reside. If you’ve ever felt a pulling on you from within…a sort of longing to know there’s more to life than what your five senses can tell you…that’s your spirit’s sense of connection to your Creator. He has put eternity in your heart. He IS life, and He wants you to be drawn to life…the kind that lasts forever.
- Hope. Without it, you can easily become another sad statistic like the one I mentioned above and the countless, nameless others. The living, loving God of the Bible wants you to know that you’re valuable to Him. He also wants you to know that life in this current space/time continuum won’t last. Torment, torture, and tyrants will be done away with by the Prince of Peace. Knowing that He’ll do this AND give you eternal life brings Hope.
- Eternity is a long time. Like I mentioned in a previous post, forever is forever. It isn’t the absence of time…that’s an impossible paradigm. It’s time without end. Since time will go on and never, ever end…it’s important to give some thought and consideration to where you’ll be during that time. My Christian worldview says you can live forever in paradise with the one, true, living, loving God who created you. Or you can exist apart from Him (and therefore apart from life) forever somewhere else. It won’t be paradise. And it won’t be enjoyable. But the choice is yours.
So, there are my three simple reasons to be drawn to life, the Life of God. I hope you’ll ponder them with an open heart and mind. And I hope you’ll take my words, music, and pictures in the spirit of love they’re given. I wanna live forever in paradise with my Creator. Do you? In case you’re on the fence, here are the words and music to a free song to nudge you along…
Drawn To You
Maybe it’s Your grace. I don’t know.
It could be Your Word. I’m not sure.
But You have a way of refining my thoughts.
Your Will is my strength. Your Will is my cure.
Anytime it’s me making it up
Show me I’m wrong to just forget You.
You barely lift a finger, and You change my whole direction.
What else can I say? What more can I do?
I’m drawn to You
Like a June-bug to the light.
I’m drawn to You
Like a boxer to the fight.
I’m drawn to You
Like a sweet tooth and ice cream,
And it may all sound extreme,
But I’m drawn to You.
Maybe I’ll wake up…maybe soon
And find You take me home…Who can say?
‘Til then I’ll live it out…’til then I’ll follow through
And see how many more might feel the same way.
Jesus, help me, won’t You take me to my heart’s desire?
Nothing could mean more than having You to be my fire!
Take me higher…draw me near.
Chorus…instrumental…repeat chorus to end
© Copyright 1998 Tony Funderburk