Day’s Verse:
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.
1 Cor. 3:16-17 (italics mine)

Humane societies (such as the one from which this blog derives its title, and which was originally called the London Society for the Recovery of Persons Apparently Drowned) originally saved people from drowning, then later expanded to include people struck by lightning and other shocking events. They used amazingly advanced techniques — electricity, CPR — almost 150 years ago, and the societies in London and Amsterdam saved over 1,000 people in 20 years. Those life-saving techniques were only later rediscovered in the 1950s. However, they could probably bear wider implementation, such as application to the vast majority of the WPI student body, which walks around “apparently dead” much of the time. What life have we except with Christ? What driving force but to serve Him?

That said, I walk the campus just like every other student, worrying about my grades and finding a job after graduation, focused on friends and how I look and what other people think of me. Unlike many students, I do focus on my academics; but the question is: what drives me to get up in the morning? Not the prospect of earning all A’s; at this point that’s empty gain. For me, each day presents an opportunity to learn more about my Creator and the world He made, and more, presents an opportunity to serve and glorify Him through my actions. It’s a motivation. What drives you to keep going every day? (And saying “food” is a perfectly reasonable answer, since that would come in second on my list.)

3 thoughts on “Royal Humane Society for the Apparently Dead

  1. Not to sound cynical or anything (though I am), but when you talk about what drives you to get up in the morning, are you speaking literally, or more figeratively? ‘Cause though I’d like to say that serving God drives me to get up in the morning, really, that’s the farthest thing from my mind at 6:30am. Instead it’s something like “muuuuh,” or “just five more minutes,” and often “if I don’t get up now I’m going to be late to work.”

    I know these are less noble, but they’re true. But on a foundationally motivating level, God would definatly be there, though I’m not sure you could see that in the morning. : )

  2. For me, I get up in the morning because I love being awake and being alert enough to enjoy what I’m doing. I think it’s a game of pushing away the possibility of depression as far as possible; if I were to lay in bed or not do anything with my time, I would become depressed. And being depressed would make me lay around more and do less with my time. I stay as far away from that cycle and as close to what I know makes me happy as possible. Maybe this sounds too simple, but I really take a lot of joy in my hobbies and my friends.

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