John 10:14-15: “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”

Not everybody is on board with the afterlife – assuming that once our bodies are dead, we are completely gone. Well, here is the good news: a person is way more than just a physical appearance (a good thing to remember if you happen to struggle with yours). The soul is the part of us that passes on, the body is the part that is buried in the ground.

If you are skeptical of the claim that there is an “eternal human soul”, then the terminology “spiritually dead” will probably make even less sense. Maybe it’s helpful to think of a spiritually dead person as a human being without a conscience. We all are born with one. If we succeed in overriding this God-given inner compass we’ll end up spiritually dead. Despite our physical heart still beating, we have no heart.

In matters of the heart, the Christmas story “How the Grinch stole Christmas” comes to mind. The author Dr. Seuss wrote about his main character, the Grinch:

“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.”

A heart two sizes too small is bad news. We need to get a little love in our hearts – and not just around the Christmas season.

Without roots, a plant withers and dies; rootless, we as human beings will have a hard time. Our need for God is elementary. We came from God, that’s why we need to return to Him to be complete.

Jesus’s resurrection is an amazing milestone in the history of mankind. When Jesus was resurrected His body and soul were reunited, and He was restored to the Trinity; the same will happen to us when we believe in Him.

Psalm 90:12: “So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.”

Have you ever asked God to teach you to count your days?

Learning to count our days to make our days count has everything to do with the brevity of life. Our souls live forever while our bodies, comparatively speaking, do not have as much time on their hands. As our first hours on earth turn into days, days into weeks, weeks into months and months into years, we must remember that our lifetime on earth is finite. We should use it to the best of our abilities.

We reap the greatest benefits from being generous with our time and our resources. We do not have to be rich to be generous. We all have something to give. As a matter of fact, the wealthy are considered dirt-poor in the eyes of the Lord if same people have stopped giving. The blessings of the giver always outweigh the blessings of the receiver. It may be counter-intuitive to live that way, but then, everything God says is counter-intuitive. Take His famous love commandment for instance (Mark 12:30-31):

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

It is not easy to love a random neighbor. And at times it is even difficult to love ourselves. Loving God adds the much-needed third dimension into our lives. Without God, love would just be two-dimensional – my neighbor and me. Include God into the equation, and we gain depth perception. With God comes love that outlasts us. He has loved us long before we even recognized Him.

Birds come with wings, and we can see their flocks traversing the skies. We too come with wings. Hidden beneath our skin, our souls soar when we love. Numerically speaking, love must be the biggest number in God’s kingdom. Growing familiar with His values, we come to understand what counts.

“Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night”

Paul McCartney / John Lennon