Racking Up Points For The Afterlife

If life were a board game with the purpose of racking up points for your afterlife, what do you think should be on the board game?

I just read a blog that started me thinking about this. Many people believe in Karma which with my limited knowledge is doing good things, so that good will come your way. If you do bad things, then you can expect bad things to happen to you as well.

Christians think according to the Bible, that for every good deed done, it will be repaid ten times over. So, with those thoughts in mind, and thinking that all of this comes into play to gain you a good place in your afterlife, what do you consider some the more important things to do in life? This is a question that you can take with you each day. Just think about it. Don’t be in a hurry but as you go about your day, stop and think about what should be given more importance.

In my mind, I think that random acts of kindness should be on that board game. Also, helping others who have less in life would have a spot. There are many people who have a hard time even meeting the basic needs in their lives. Most of these people can not help their situation. If only we as neighbors, friends or even as a stranger to these people, would reach out to help in any way possible, it would make a huge difference in their lives.

However, there is something else that needs to be considered. If the person is capable of working, should we offer a job no matter how meager? Should we offer to teach them something that would be useful to help them? There is an old saying that I have heard for years. “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime”

Many of us have a lot of knowledge about a lot of things in life. Sharing that knowledge with someone just may help them down the road. We never know the affect of what we do or say to someone will have on people but you can bet that it does.

This gets back to doing acts of kindness. Many people do not see teaching as an act of kindness but in my mind it is.

List what you think should have a spot of your game board. I would be very interested.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Coco
    Apr 30, 2010 @ 15:46:43

    Sassy, I know I’m coming to this post really late, but I just saw it and wanted to comment on something you said. “Christians think according to the Bible, that for every good deed done, it will be repaid ten times over.” I’m not bringing it up to criticize you, but I don’t think that’s really true of what Christians believe.

    According to Christianity, everyone has a sinful nature (sinful tendencies) and God (who is perfect) cannot just act like there’s nothing wrong with us and bring everyone into a blissful afterlife. Doing good deeds doesn’t really get us anywhere because we can’t undo our sins or somehow earn communion with God in the same way that someone who gets a disease from an open wound can’t wash their wound and be disease free. Only God can forgive us and cancel the effect of our sin by the sacrifice He made when Jesus died on the cross in our place. He will forgive us too if we confess our sins to Him and follow Him with our lives. Even doing that doesn’t mean we will have a good life though.

    Jesus told his disciples, “All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.” (John 16:1-3) In fact, 11 of the 12 disciples were killed for teaching in the name of Jesus and were persecuted (some tortured) before that.

    He also said, “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.” (Luke 12:51-52) Jesus was clearly saying that there would be trouble for those on the earth, especially for those who do good by following Him. Sure, there are principles in the Bible about doing good and being rewarded with material wealth and comfort, but usually the person who does good is not rewarded and is in fact challenged with difficulties. The real reward is in the afterlife when you get to spend eternity with God who loves you unconditionally.

    I totally agree with you though that teaching is as important (if not more important) than just giving. My game board would have patience during affliction, honesty even when it hurts, and faithful friendship.

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    • sassysweetbren
      Apr 30, 2010 @ 16:13:29

      I know that I started this out with what the Christian thing is to do but my main point was that we all need to be helping each other, while on this earth.

      Many people do it but so many more need to step up to help those who have less for whatever reason.

      Thank you for your insightful reply.

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  2. sassysweetbren
    Aug 13, 2009 @ 12:29:11

    Well said ladies.

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  3. Miss Phae
    Aug 12, 2009 @ 00:33:13

    Embrace first and foremost the values of Dignity, Respect, Honor, Trust, Truth, Friendship and Love,, once you can do so with a clear heart and mond, then you can share these values with others, hoping for a kind return.

    Respect Yourself

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  4. Amy
    Aug 07, 2009 @ 12:26:26

    kindness, generosity, understanding, commitment. Yeah, stuff like that. I don’t think about it enough to have a list. But I remember the proverb about the sage whose wisest words were, “don’t do bad things. only do good things.” Pretty simple, really.

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