I'm listening to a DVD series by John Piper called "Don't Waste Your Life". I'm not going to quote him word for word here, but in the one section he was talking about what a tragedy really is. He put forth two examples.
1. A story of two very godly women in their 80's who died in a car accident when they, supposedly, lost the ability to steer the car and went over a cliff on their way to minister to poor people in another country. Both women had lived their lives fully for the glory of God, doing His will, serving and loving people.
2. A couple in their 50's retiring early, going to Florida, getting a nice place to live and collecting shells until they die.
Which one is a tragedy? Story number 2 is the tragedy. They lived their lives with no real meaning, no lasting purpose, only for themselves and things that will be no more. Wasted lives. Story number 1 is victory. They lived for Christ to their fullest, with every ounce of their being. That is a life worth living.
Which life are we living?