Depression took another life yesterday. Robin Williams is no longer with us.
Who can pretend to understand the brilliance like Robin Williams had? Meteoric, volcanic, fast, furious and funny.
Perhaps there is a price for such brilliance.
As I read about his life today, it is apparent that Robin Williams had lived for a long time with a darkness at the periphery of his vision.
I could not help but reflect on the fact that life is short.
The Bible says repeatedly that it’s like a vapor, a mist that is quickly gone. We are here for just a few years and then…..we are gone.
Doesn’t seem fair but that is the way it has been since the beginning of time.
Robin Williams obviously was dealing with more than I can understand but what I do know is that all of the success and fame did not bring him the happiness and contentment he was looking for. He was searching for something more than what he accomplished.
What do you think he was looking for?
I have lived long enough and have experienced enough loss that I am keenly aware that this life is a one time offer, use it well. I am also at the point in my life that I am looking towards the next phase in my life and I realize that many of the options I had in life I once considered possible are not.
So… life is short… what do you want? What do you want to do? What do you want to be remembered for? What do you want to accomplish?
I think, if we were honest, most of us would reply, “I DON’T KNOW!”
Our simple answers of wanting happiness, success, significance and other words freely spoken in our culture just don’t get to the real heart of the question. Many philosophers have asked this and tried to answer it from their perspective. It begins with “Why am I here?”, “What’s my purpose?” and ends with ultimate destiny, but let’s not go there today. I would rather get to the heart of the question.
These are questions I’m pondering as I enter this next phase of my life. What do I want?
It’s a hard question! I could easily respond, I want to be happy. I want to be remembered. I want to do something significant with my life, but honestly…maybe too honestly…none of those are in my control.
They are the things I hope will happen, but I can’t pursue them. It just doesn’t work that way.
How about you ? What do you want?
At the core of who we are comes down to the fact that we all want meaning. We all want to know our lives are not a waste. We want to matter.
Built into us as humans is a desire for something more than food and comfort. We want to matter! That’s not an animal instinct. That comes from our Creator. He made us to ask this question. God made us with a desire for more and it’s not success, a title, a name that’s remembered, a lot of money, a nice house or car.
It’s none of these things.
I personally believe that true contentment in this life can only be found in having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
As we ponder the death of a celebrity that was as gifted as Robin Williams, we have to accept the fact that all of his success was still not enough for him to feel content in this life. I have my personal opinions on where he will spend eternity, but I am not going to judge Robin Williams… like all of us, he will have to give an account of his own life when he stands before his Creator. For all of his talent and for all of his success he will still need the very same grace that we all need to be reconciled back to God.
My prayer is that for anyone reading this will accept the gift of salvation that is found in Jesus Christ. Find your contentment in this short life through that relationship with Him.
Because this life is a one time offer, use it well.