DayBreaks for 7/31/18: Living an Accidental Life
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2008:
From one day to the next, we form plans only to find that the day seldom goes as we’d planned. Some things that we set out to do actually get done more or less as we’d planned them, but if your day is like mine, there are more unplanned things that happen in my life every day than I could ever anticipate. There are interruptions that are totally unexpected – phone calls, drop-in visits, unforeseen actions by others that totally change the trajectory of my day. It will happen to you today – bet on it.
There are many who live life this way on purpose, I believe – whose lives seem to careen from one accident to another. And, if you buy the current thinking, I suppose it makes perfect sense. As Neil Postman said about the scientific view of life and origins, in Science and the Story That We Need to Tell: “In the end, science does not provide the answers most of us require. Its story of our origins and our end is, to say the least, unsatisfactory. To the question, ‘How did it all begin’, science answers, ‘Probably by an accident.’ To the question, ‘How will it all end?’, science answers ‘Probably by an accident.’ And to many people, the accidental life is not worth living.”
Are you content thinking that your existence here on earth is purely accidental? That when this world is all done with, that it will have all been an accident? That your children happen to be yours by accident? That whatever you achieve in life isn’t really an accomplishment, but an accident? Where is there any hope or meaning in living an accidental life?
God has a much different view. We are not accidents – God knew us before we were born. The universe is not an accident, your mind is not an accident, your family and children are not accidents.
Yes, we make our plans, and our days are full of what seem to be accidental encounters and events. We can believe that if we choose. But I, for one, cannot find any meaning in that, nor comfort. I choose not to life an accidental life – or at the very least, to believe that my life – and yours, are not accidents, but rather generated in the thoughts and purposes of God.
PRAYER: With each person that we meet and each event that crosses our pathway, may we seek Your purpose and wisdom! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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