Friday, August 15, 2014

The REAL "Carpe Diem"

 

 . . . "'Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary'."  ...The striking 'Carpe Diem' speech delivered by Williams some 25 years ago has made thousands of young people determined to "make their lives extraordinary"..

. . . .So says an article in "The Independent" about the life and death of Robin Williams.....

And I wonder just how many lives were ruined by that Satanic pack-of-lies movie. . . .

"So much life you have wasted and who knows how little is left?  So each moment has to be lived totally, intensely, fully."  said the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh aka "Osho".  The same "guru" whose disciples poisoned the citizens of Antelope, Oregon to win a local election.  The same "guru" who was hooked on nitrous oxide, molested hundreds of his women disciples, owned hundreds of Rolls Royces, and died alone,insane, and a fugitive from the U.S. government. . . .

 One of the surest and quickest ways to become depressed and suicidal is to try and make your life "extraordinary"--to "seize the day" because "this life is all we've got!"

I am convinced that the greatest cause of depression is NOT from not "loving yourself" enough . . . but from loving yourself TOO MUCH.  After Williams died, I was perusing talk radio channels and happened upon a speech given by some young fellow who had suffered from depression where he was giving the advice that one of the ways to overcome depression was to finally "learn to love yourself".  I thought, "that's horrible advice--surest way to actually always hate yourself, hate life and worst, hate God."

No, the problem is that before people get to the point that they take their own lives (which are NOT "their own" to take in the first place) they first need to die.  Die to self.  Don't "love your self" but love God!  "Whoever would save his life, will lose it.  Whoever loses his life (for Jesus' sake) will gain life" and not just this life, but life eternal. . . .

"Then he said to the crowd, 'If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me."  --Luke 9:23

When you are suffering, depressed, angst-ridden, resentful, fearful . . . in that way which leads to such despair that you are ready to kill yourself it is because there is a "you" still there, in whom you have your hope.  But what hope can there be in one who is truly slated for the worms--even the "worms that do not die"?  When your "treasures" are stored in your fallen, corrupt, blind, living-dead self, which self is a child of the devil (unless saved) then when that self begins to decay then utter panic and desperation set in.  Whereas, if your treasures are stored in the One Who is always was, and will be--Who is the good, holy, all-powerful ruler of the universe . . . and the One Who has power over life and death and over all spirits and souls . . . THEN it is a small thing to see your temporary "housing" slipping away. . . .

Suicide is at the pinnacle (actually nadir) of selfish acts.  It is not brave, it is not sacrificing, it is not an answer to grief--but is the crowning deplorable act of self-centered, self-worshiping life.

A big problem with talented people is that they think THEY are the source of their talents.  They credit themselves and when these things start to fade so does all sense of vanity and pride which are the powering agents of such a person.  All the talent Robin Williams had was from God.  It was GOD'S talent!  Any good quality we happen to have is nothing of our own.  It ALL belongs to God, including our very lives.  Suicide is murder and theft of God's property. . . .

It is indeed a sad thing, and I myself know well the depths of despair and have also been affected by the suicide of a loved one--my wife's father several years ago, shotgun blast to the head. . . .  He too was a kind man, like Williams, generous at times, creative, intelligent . . . but also lived a life of self-indulgence, women, drugs, money, popularity and when the ravages of aging pressed in, it was too much for the driving power of vanity which had propelled him to that point.  Dying to self, giving one's life up to live for God, for the Gospel, dispels and dissipates that accumulating angst. . . . Death of the idol of self is the death that needs to happen . . . to avoid the selfish act of suicide and the pain and suffering such an act brings to those who live on. . . .

Yes, there is a way to "seize the day" and "be extraordinary" . . . but it is NOT in order to chase self around this dying, fallen world. . . .

 "NOW is the favorable time; behold, NOW is the day of salvation."  --2 Cor. 6:2

"Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and MANY enter through it."  --Matt. 7:13

To be "extraordinary" is to go the road less traveled: "For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few."  --Matt. 7:14

There is nothing "extraordinary" about the "Carpe Diem" of the world.  It is common, selfish, foolish and deadly. . . .

 

1 comment:

Mark said...

Two years ago I had a stroke.in all of the haze and confusion crawling on the floor trying figure out if I could walk againI said to God Oh great!!!.......what am I suposed to do with this?(the stroke)......this isn't what I had planned!

That little quiet voice says "I got it!".My response was Oh .Been healing ever since. Its been a long walk out of that state of mind but I walk.

Remember the biggest message from that rock is that it is a giant tombstone! One of many translations taken from that rock is "a dead man lies here"......spiritual meaning, dead to the self.

If one wants out of "the world" the only thing in the way is ones self.

Brother Thomas ©2015

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