The wonder of life is tarnished. For most of us, each year it grows a little more dingy, a little lest attractive. Even I have said, “Any day, God. Any day. I certainly won’t complain if you’re ready to call it quits for planet earth.” My heart is in the right place, I think, but the comment certainly expresses a lack of wonder at my current, pleasant surroundings.
The first two tarnished elements of life that Zacharias addresses in his book, Recapture the Wonder, are sexuality and money.
The only way to transcend the physical and the sensual while retaining their essential features is to bind them to the sacred. pg. 65
“These days,” sexual encounters are a dime a dozen, or at least that’s what the culture-creators want us to think. Shows like Sex in the City, novels whose only purpose is to portray multiple explicit encounters, each more graphic than the last; the push for free and legal abortions so that no one bears the consequence of illicit sex, the view of sex as mere recreation…we have certainly divorced sex from the spiritual.
Can that explain our boredom with sex? Obviously, the constant trend to make it more and more sensational reveals that what once held wonder in and of itself, is now old news. Is there a limit? When does this chafing for more and dissatisfaction, dissolution with what once was wonderful end?
As for money. We all know, in our heads, that no matter how much we amass it’s never enough – but we certainly don’t live that way. I’m preaching to your’s truly.
The one possessing the wealth must know its real value if the possession is to bring wonder. pg. 70
With that truth in mind, does money really have any value? When I have bought a new pair of shoes, soon they aren’t new anymore. When I drive a new car, soon it loses that smell. When I buy a rich, expensive cup of coffee, soon it’s empty. When I pursue higher education, I discover there is still one more learned and therefore higher paid and then ultimately the wonderfulness promised by dollars is moot all over again. Do you see what I mean?
So what’s the solution? Where is the balance between enjoying temporal things and investing eternally in them? One thing I believe is true: the potential for joy in wonder is greater than ever, for sometimes it takes losing something to realize its true value. Let’s Recapture the Wonder together.