It starts with a pain, not a definitive one—just this nagging ache running down your left arm. You’ve heard that this is one of the signs of a heart attack but you’re too young for such things. You begin to feel a tightness spreading through your chest and the pain in your arm begins to increase.
“Man, I feel weird,” you think as you ease yourself down on the couch, rubbing your left arm and clenching and unclenching your fist. You think, “Maybe I should call someone,” but you reason that it would be so embarrassing when it goes away and you have to explain you were scared.
Then, it hits.
“The end of your life is staring you back in the eyes, up close—eyeball to eyeball.”
Your jaw begins to feel a pain like your teeth are hurting. The pain increases.
“This can’t be real!” you think as the pain overwhelms you and a descending darkness, like the fade at the end of a movie, blurs and coats your vision like a pull down shade. You can’t move now and the pain is unbearable. You know. You just know.
“ It’s impossible. This can’t happen to me!”
But, there it is. It’s fact. You are dying.
In that moment, during the time after you sit down on the couch, the realization that you may be dying hits you right in the reality.
“What’s going to happen to me if I die?” Your mind screams as the terror mounts and you begin fading into yourself and a numbing coldness starts moving from your extremities towards your middle, toward your heart. Then—you’re gone.
Where did you go?
Where will you wake up?
What are you now?
These and other questions are answered by the worldview that you hold. What is the last thought that runs through your mind as death slowly—but inescapably— claims you?
Let’s run the clock back.
Like an old VCR tape, you see yourself speeding back second by second into the past to where you were just before the first realization that something drastically wrong was about to play out. Every thought of the past 15 minutes is as clear and as vivid as anything you have ever experienced in your life.
The past 15 minutes are all that you can think about as you realize what is about to happen. What are your thoughts now? Are you thinking about it as you read these words? You remember laughing with others about,
“Oh well, might as well enjoy life to the max! We’re not goin’ to ever get out of this world alive!” Or perhaps you remember thinking,
“Everyone dies, but I don’t want to dwell on such things. Just live each day to the fullest!”
Maybe the following invades your memory as you await that first pain of the heart attack you know is coming and that is going to end your life in the next 15 minutes.
“Hey Bill,” your friend asks as you down another beer and slap down another grain-fed steak at the neighborhood, Sunday night cookout.
You love these outings that are held each weekend in the Spring and Summer months. In fact, you started them 8 years after that Spring when you moved into the neighborhood.
“Let’s run down and get another case after this steak and watch the game!” He laughs uproariously. “ Only the good die young and we be bad to da bone!”
“Ok,” you belch—scarf down the last bite—and drain one beer and reach for another, “Let’s go!”
- What is your worldview about death?
- Are you afraid of dying?
- Do you think about it?
- Do your hide from the realities of it?
- Are you comfortable with it?
- Are you aware of what others think about it?
- How about your friends?
- Your fellow employees where you work?
- Then there’s your spouse and kids?
- What are you teaching your kids about death?
What do you fear, what you think about, what do you hide from, how how can you become comfortable with death, what do you discuss with others, teach your kids? It all depends upon how you view the world around you. Please be thinking on the above questions.
In the next post, we will begin to consider the major world views mentioned in the post, How To See Out Of The Window.
The first worldview we will investigate is that of human secularism. I look forward to coming alongside you as we investigate this prevalent, 21st century worldview.
Question: What is your greatest fear and how does it look from your worldview?