A lot of people think we’re in End Times. They cite melting glaciers, the frequency of terror attacks, and continual earthquakes in Oklahoma as evidence. Just this week alone, two people asked my opinion on the subject.
I also heard a story second hand about a delivery man who reported to a young woman that we are in End Times. To prove his point, he recited a litany of symptoms. He completely freaked her out.
I don’t know if the world is ending, but I do know there’s an uptick in the number of people who say it is.
A priest I like very much says that we are indeed in End Times, a condition that began after the Resurrection. In other words, God promised a Savior. We got the Savior. So, the curtain is falling slowly but no one knows when it will close.
The delivery man doesn’t have a clue. Not even Jesus knew when the world would end:
“But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” -Mark 13:32
If we’re in End Times, I’m not too worried about it
I’m going to die. It’s just a matter of when and how. Since I don’t know those things, I do my best to live a good life, a kind of heaven on earth, which involves a good amount of prayer and self-examination. (The prayer part is fun; the self-examination isn’t.)
I’ve built, with the help of God, what is called a prayer life and is, in effect, a life outside and more real than this one. And even though it’s never perfect (because I am not perfect and sometimes spaced out), it has made me truly, deeply, and lastingly happy.
Because I pray, I am with my best friend all the time. I am tuned in to a supernatural power I am not equipped to explain; you have to experience it for yourself.
I want everyone to have what I have.
So, if you wonder if we’re in End Times, good. Ask yourself how you would change your life if you knew for certain we were. How would that bit of information transform you?
I’m excited for the young woman who heard the delivery man’s proclamation because, even though he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, she’s asking questions. Maybe she’ll see that there’s another dimension to life, that it’s not just nine-to-five and Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
It’s possible she’ll start to live every day as though it’s her last. At the very least, I hope she’ll make a commitment to being happy.