Last Sunday, we were passing by Arlington Pasig and there was a very big tarp saying that cremation services will be available starting this June. The word cremation was so big that I was able to see that the only difference between cremation and creation is the letter m.
In some way, I was struck by it. What does that letter m signify? Is that the word “me?”
I’ve looked in the dictionary the etymology of create and cremate. Even in their Latin roots, the letter m differentiates me.
When we think about it, creation and cremation are two different end of a spectrum. Creation, in the God-sense, is when God created us from ashes, from dust. Cremation, on the other hand, is the burning of a body until only ashes remain. It represents the lifespan. It represents life and death. The middle, the gap in between, will be up to us.
Yes, God will lay down options before us. But as a good friend of mine pointed out, even if God knows what will become of us in each option, He does not know which option we will choose. The final decision will still be up to us, because that’s the way He designed us.
So, I’ll reiterate what I have said previously. Who we are shapes the choices that we make, and the choices that we make shapes who we are. Therefore, choose wisely. ^_^