I am back! I had a long summer! Surgery and recovery, but I am glad to be back with a new post!
I was saddened a few days ago to hear of the death of Anthony Bourdain. Mr. Bourdain was an acclaimed chef, a world traveler, food expert, author, and an award-winning television personality. After thirty years as a fine dining chef, he left that arena to travel the world.
Bourdain, who, in his early years, was a macho, unrepentant, drug-loving chef, became a crusader for the hungry of this world. He said he would eat anything, go anywhere and say anything. He also said he was famous for his optimism, and eating was the thing he did best.
Traveling the globe he rubbed shoulders with the elite and shared meals of questionable substance with remote tribal people. He searched for obscure cuisine and unknown restaurants, and explored politics and history, life and love with locals over a plate of food and drink, and—
Last week, at the age of 61, he hanged himself in the bathroom of his suite at a luxury hotel in Kayersburg, France.
His mother said, “He had everything!” He had success beyond his wildest dreams, and money—more than you can imagine.
“I want it ALL! I want to try everything once,” he had declared.
Some believe that he was on a quest to seek out and understand the “Human Condition.” He wanted to find the answers to the great questions of life.
However, in his journey to try EVERYTHING, he arrived at NOTHING. In all his experiences, in everything he had tried, he found no answers to the questions that plagued his troubled heart. Unable to face the unbearable misery of depression and disappointment, he thought to end it all by taking his own life.
What is meant by the “Human Condition?”
Simply put, it is “The Meaning of Life”—the characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence.
The real problem in human life comes from the existence of good and evil. We are capable of doing terrible things, but we can’t seem to figure out why we do them nor how to stop it.
Why are we competitive, aggressive and selfish when our originally instinctive state was cooperative, selfless and loving?
Years ago, I gave up my work toward a doctorate in counseling, because I couldn’t figure out myself. How in the world would I ever be able to help anyone else?
Truth is, on our own, we are unable to understand ourselves or anything else.
Do you sometimes wonder what life is all about—why you were born, how do you find happiness, why this world is in such a mess?
Trying to figure out all of this can result in unbearable depression and no answers.
Though I have seen him on television a few times, I am not particularly interested in the life of Anthony Bourdain. However, when I see a life that has enjoyed it all and yet ends in such terrible despair, I can’t help but wonder how he arrived at such a place.
I must tell you, “I am privileged—I am blessed.” Never once in all my life, even during the darkest of times, have I ever thought of ending it all by taking my life. I have never come near such a thought, for from my earliest days I have known the answer to these difficult questions.
The answer to all our questions lies in Father God our Creator, God who sacrificed the life of His own Son, so that we can live, God who loves this human race and longs for its reciprocal love.
This world is in a mess because man decided to do his own thing rather than obeying God.
Obey, demand, command, laws—these are negative words to us. Yet, living in obedience to God results in the most positive, joyful, productive life ever imagined.
Let me give you the highlights of Leviticus 26:3-13. God says, “If you live by my decrees and obediently keep my commandments…” You will have more than enough to eat. Your country will be a place of peace and war will be eliminated. God will give you His full attention and cause you to prosper. He will live in your neighborhood and walk through your streets. He will be your personal God, and you will be free.
WOW! What promises for simple obedience! Isn’t it worth a try?
A few days ago, President Trump sat at the table with Kim Jong Un trying to fix some of this world’s problems through diplomacy, but in the end, diplomacy doesn’t work, war doesn’t really solve anything, and walls don’t end the problems.
From the beginning of the human race, God had the answer. “Obey me!”
If you are struggling today, and all your avenues of relief have turned into “Dead Ends,” there is still hope. He is our hope! God, who created this world and all that is in it—God, who formed man his is own image, has never found a problem that He cannot solve. Hope in Him!
Remember, the sun will come out tomorrow!