People’s ghost remain trapped in this dimension, if they have unfinished business they failed to accomplish before passing. That is folklore that many people truly believe. The restless spirit may not even know they have passed and cannot rest in peace. Movies portray the spirit as either possessing some living person, or finding a way to communicate to the living so they can accomplish their business and move into rest. I believe this is reality, but not for the person who expires. It is for the dead…that live.
I do not refer to vampires, those blood suckers that throughout the twentieth century murdered the innocent for blood, but here in the twenty-first century are sweet, loving, creatures that hang out with you in high school, date, marry, you know, the normal things living dead people do. The new bad guys are the demon-possessed werewolves and vamps. These guys are so evil, they could be elected to the house or the senate with the real serial killers of society and freedoms.
There are so many dazed and confused people just existing today, unaware of having any purpose other than to suit up and show up, daily indulging in whatever drives them to remain in their meaningless world. Some perk up for opening day of Major League Baseball, or during football and basketball season. They show some life until their team is on the ropes for yet another dis- appointing season. The majority of the time they rise each day hoping for some news on TV or radio, that will give them something to talk about around the water cooler on their job.
The unfinished business is living. To merely go from home to work without noticing life going on around us is not living. Getting up each day wondering how you will get money to feed your drinking or drug habit is not living. Going to church each Sunday, leaving the place of worship without a clue as to what the sermon was about is not living either. It must be the high-life that is what makes life good, having everything, loaded with dough, a palacial estate, etc.
That is what the masses live for, the realization of every desire fulfilled. Isn’t it strange that happiness eludes us all. Having everything is only excitement for a moment, then what? If you have watched children receive a table full of presents on their birthday, and how they tear open each gift, toss it aside, and move to the next, and want more when the ripping and tearing is over. They have no idea what they received, and have no interest in the gifts they received. The thrill was in the discovery of what was in the package. This is how the wealthy tend to behave over their assets, thrilling for a short time…then look for the new thrill.
Suddenly the world rocks us with tragedy, loss, or collapse of all we trust in, all we believe. Our mundane job is lost, and we see its importance. The banks seize all of our assets, and the smallest little personal belonging becomes priceless. The doctor tells us fatal news, and all we can think of is our unfinished business.
“If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake, will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?” Luke 9:23-25 (NKJV)
We gain, we lose. The man who strives for everything and wins, loses, and leaves behind the unfinished business of service and self-sacrifice. With sorrow comes and goes day to day as the living dead, consuming while being consumed, unaware that the joy of life is the daily cross and giving himself to a higher standard of living. The others we pass daily, in the rut of day to day survival, do no different, and go to their end with unfinished business of never trying to improve.
I certainly do not want to end my days that way. Instead I want to “find the need and fill it, find the hurt and heal it.” Robert Schueller said those words and they never left my thoughts. To put these words into action is my ongoing business that only God can help me accomplish.
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