Mini-Bible-Philosophy-Worldview Study (7) Of The Day- On Being Remembered

Verse Of The Day

For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? (Psalms 6:5)

Related Quotes

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”- Thomas Campbell

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.”- Rosa Parks

“No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.”- Taylor Swift

Questions For Discussion

How do you think you will be remembered when your life is over?

Do you have an opinion on the topic of reincarnation?

Is it difficult for you to fondly remember people who have wronged you when they were alive?

Bonus Verses

For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him. (2 Samuel 14:14)

[Then] beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. (Deuteronomy 6:12)

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. (Luke 22:19)

Commentary- On Foreign Dust

Craig note- It’s hard not to get dusty when you choose life as an expat.

On Dreaming Of The Stars

I love astronomy. There is just something amazing about studying the night sky. I spend time every week reading several science-related articles on the subject.

This week there was a piece about stardust. In a nutshell, everything we are as human beings came from a galaxy far, far, far away. Later, I was reading a Stephen Hawking quote.

“It is clear that we are just an advanced breed of primates on a minor planet orbiting around a very average star, in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies. But, ever since the dawn of civilization people have craved for an understanding of the underlying order of the world.

There ought to be something very special about the boundary conditions of the universe. And what can be more special than that there is no boundary? And there should be no boundary to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there is life, there is hope.” (Stephen Hawking)

I spent time later during my morning meditation thinking about this quote. Unfortunately, I have believed throughout my life that, “There has to be more.”

But, the reality is for many, many, many people in this world there isn’t “more” of anything. Well, at least, there is not anything that they are going to get no matter how hard they work.

In fact, these days most folks have to settle for far, far, far less in life than they deserve.

That’s modern reality in the world (and in Japan for most foreigners).

I have heard countless expats over the years talking about “being/getting more here in Japan…” And, some foreigners do find the “more” that they are looking for in life.

But, often, they don’t. And, the (red) sun rises on them tomorrow. But, there is a measure of discontent that grows inside them.

It can make a body angry.

I know.

Personally, I have endeavored to find a mental peace inside me. That was easy for me in my early days in Japan. Life was a blur of work, travel, friends, and adventure.

Slowly, my life filled with responsibilities, becoming mundane. As I have written before on my blog, there was just one morning when I looked into the mirror and I sighed.

My beard was littered with white and grey hair.