Lent 2020, Day 2: The Odd Thing About Life.
A couple of weeks ago, Z, my little YouTube expert extraordinaire (this is totally my bad; I started playing lullabies via YT to wee Baby Z when she was only weeks old), introduced me to The Odd1s Out. While I was kind of aware of this channel, I hadn’t really watched anything because it’s still the Golden Age of TV and I’m behind on A LOT.
Anyway, I totally fell in love… pardon, in laugh, with this particular video:
After watching it a strangely high number of times (Z: “You sure like that song a lot.” Me: “Don’t judge me.”), I texted it to my friend Tommy, then my brother Joe (twice; next time, watch it the first time, dagnabit!). After about the seventy-five hundredth play, I thought about the book of Ecclesiastes. Yes, it’s another Lenten reference to the most emo book of the Bible. I continually turn back to it because of how much I can relate. Also, because it flies in the face of the way I was often taught how I “should” think/act/be.
I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless.Ecclesiastes 3:18-19
See? E-M-O. Buuuuutttttt….
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.Ecclesiastes 9: 7-9
See? We are young (not for long), life is fun (it only goes downhill). Mixed messages? If so, it’s only because life, for everyone, is a mixed bag. And then we die. So, make the most of life (make the most of it, make the most of it).
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