Very few purchases include a lifetime warranty. Those that do also include some exceptions, usually in small print. Most people today are choosing the wrong warranty. Everything you read, see and hear, sells the wrong product. The focus is on the ‘now’ with very little emphasis on what happens to us all when the ‘now’ is over. There are two poems that seem to summarize the philosophy of most people. The first “Invictus”, words written by William Ernest Henley, was set to music. It was one of the selections I performed during my Senior Recital at Sam Houston State.
“Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”
This could be the marching song of unbelievers and is tragically a description of what hopelessness is like to those who’s “captain of my soul” is other than Our LORD JESUS CHRIST. The second, “Thanatopsis”, is one I memorized in high school, written by William Cullen Bryant.
“So live that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan that moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.”
How brave, but how tragic if that “unfaltering trust” is in anything other than in our LORD JESUS CHRIST! It is dangerous to think, “What can one do for me NOW”, when without JESUS, the final “now” is torment, donchaknow.