The Ocean of Eternity

The Ocean of Eternity

Mortality and the purpose of life are prominent themes in Thomas Cole’s paintings. Through his paintings, he vividly brings out the human dilemma of mortality, a dilemma we ourselves must wrestle with. Given the inevitability of death, what are we to do with our days?...
The Voyage of Life and the Course of Empire

The Voyage of Life and the Course of Empire

Through the allegorical series of paintings, The Voyage of Life and The Course of Empire, Thomas Cole communicates universal truths about the human condition with artistic brilliance. Just as The Voyage of Life reveals the cyclical nature of life (birth, growth,...
The Voyage of Life: Living in Light of the End

The Voyage of Life: Living in Light of the End

How do we live with an eternal perspective—that is, how do we live in light of eternity? After all, our telos should affect our work and relationships on earth. We live this way by pursuing wisdom, which begins by cultivating a fear of the Lord. And that fear is...
The Voyage of Life: Perspective on Death

The Voyage of Life: Perspective on Death

Each one of us has a telos, a goal. We carry dreams with us throughout life’s journey, and those dreams reveal our ultimate end. When we listen to the wooing of the world, our dreams focus on earthly gain. These dreams will ultimately perish. After all, there...
The Voyage of Life: A Movement toward Eternity

The Voyage of Life: A Movement toward Eternity

What if we saw our lives as a movement toward eternal life? Many of us get bogged down in the details of each day. We hardly remember what day of the week it is, let alone our purpose in life. We forget how quickly time passes in the stream of life, holding on to...