The dissipated life

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Luke 21:29-22:13; Psalm 50

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Luke 21:34 (NASB)
“Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;

How apt a reminder for Singaporeans! How prone for us to be dissipated! Yes, dissipated – by work, by pursuits, by entertainment, by pleasures both “harmless” and sinful. What drives our incessant striving for more and better and newer? Why do we worry so much about the future, thereby generating a billion-dollar industry just to ensure worry-less retirement? Oh Lord, forgive our lack of faith in your goodness, and unpreparedness for the day of Your coming!

I find myself checking my phone more than I should. Why? Maybe I’m OCD – I just don’t like to see those little round numbers beside my WhatsApp and email icons. I like them cleared. But they keep coming back! But perhaps the real reason I keep checking is because it keeps me occupied. Occupied so that I don’t have to face the weightier things in life. Like my inner struggles … and God. It’s much easier to clear messages than to face my own messiness. It’s less risky to read emails than to meet God. But meet God I must, if I am to experience the truly blessed life.

Lord, save me from dissipation and distractions. Grant me the wisdom and courage to leave behind the urgent, so as to encounter the eternal.