“People keep on asking me, ‘Don’t you want to have kids?’ I have not wanted to have kids. Then they say, Aren’t you afraid of dying alone?’ But we all die alone. I remember Uncle George sitting in bed, 68 years old. He looked at me and said, ‘What a waste.’ … I came to the conclusion that I was not going to wake up one day in my 60s and say, ‘What a waste.’ I was going to grab as much out of this life as I could.’ “– From “Why Clooney Says no to marriage and kids”
Mr. Clooney has a strategy on how to avoid regrets in life. Instead of having a family, he’ll achieve career success, money, and have fun along the way. And to his credit, he’s also trying to help do good in the world with causes like Darfur. I think the Bible provides both a challenge and a promise of hope to Mr. Clooney.
The challenge: “For what will it profit it man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life?” (Matthew 16:26).
It will not matter in death how much money, fame, or even earthly happiness we have if we die without Christ. Indeed, Jesus says to gain the entire world, but yet to lose your life is a bad deal. And what’s worse is that life is not the end of the road for those without Christ. God’s wrath will await them as punishment for sins.
The promise: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” (John 11:26)
The good news is that believing in Christ means our death is not the end. No one will die alone who is in Christ. We will live forever in Him.
I know this is basic, but it bears repeating. The only way to find meaning in this life and the next is to live for Christ and serve Him. There is no other way.