"All of this rushing and accumulating that our lives become oriented around involve a form of denial, Jesus is saying. And the fundamental reality that we all deny is that we're going to die.
"There is a simple, two-word question that people tend not to ask. The question is, 'Then what?' That's the question that the guy in Jesus' story never asks. When I finally have enough, when my barn is finally full, when I am financially secure, then what? You have to ask yourself, when you finally get the ultimate promotion, when you've made the ultimate purchase, when you've got the ultimate home, when you've stored up financial security, when you have climbed the ladder of success to the highest rung that it can be climbed and the thrill wears off-and it will wear off-you've got to ask yourself, 'Then what?'
What do you do with a cold marriage or one that has failed altogether or with children that learned early on that they're not as important as a briefcase and a meeting and a barn full of stuff? What do you do with people who should be your close friends who don't even know you, not really? What do you do when you discover that your life has had no vision and no meaning? How important will all that stuff be then?
'Don't you know,' God asks, 'how quickly life passes? Don't you understand that it all goes back in the box?'"
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