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Judgement Day wasn't a complete bust Allison K. Sampite | Sat, May 28 2011 12:00 PM

Now that May 21 has passed and we're all still here, it begs the question: Are you ready to go?

The question posed is an age-old one and goes beyond wills and trust and having everything in order. It surpasses saying goodbye to loved ones and paying off debt.

Centuries back, there was an argument between two men-one who was convinced the world was flat and that indeed there was an end to the world. The other said the world is round, there is no end.

Even today, movies portray end of the world as entertainment. And truth be told, special effects do a pretty good job holding my attention.

In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, there's a line in the film where Captain Barbados says, "Our time is coming to an end."

We want to know when. So we can be ready.

As a Christian I believe in the second coming of Christ.

Despite all the hoopla about last Saturday kicking off Armageddon, I'd be lying if I said it didn't make me stop and think, pray and reflect on the life I've lived thus far.

Harold Egbert Camping's prediction was wrong but who's to say it's not far off?

A verse in the book of Matthew says that no one knows when Christ is coming to earth, not even the angels in heaven.

It also says that a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day to the Lord.

God is not bound by time as we are here, on earth. Neither is death. It's rare to know when it will come. It has no compassion nor is it considerate.

It can happen in a moment when you're not even looking or be a painful, slow process.

I wonder if I will truly be ready to leave when it's my time to go.

Despite its sensationalism, Camping's prediction was a sweet reminder of what I have and that I should make the most out of life and others I interact with.

There are a few things I try to remind myself of often: Cherish your friends and family. Don't go to bed angry. Forgive others. Pray for those who persecute you. Life's not fair but it's still good.

When I was a young girl, my family lived at the bottom of a very steep hill. Naturally, leaving my house we'd have to go up the hill.

As a joke, my dad would creep to the top of it in his Ford station wagon and say, "Oh no, it's the end of the road!" While my sister and I would scream and laugh.

It was a fun game we all would play, but at that age I never really wondered, what if it were the end of the road?

I was too young and preoccupied with silly thoughts.

Now that I am older I realize there are so many things that I would still love to do before my life is over.

I'd love to travel to forgotten countries to hear people's stories and later create a book of memoirs, sharing their lives with those on the other side of the world.

I'd love to meet interesting people toward the end of their lives to hear their story and write their obituary, so their family has something special to cherish from the death of their loved one.

I realize it shouldn't take something like the idea of the end of the world to refine my life. But despite Camping's prediction being a bust, I am thankful because he reminded me what I was created for.

Sampite is a Star-News staff writer.

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