Even the great can’t conquer all enemies.

The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, who ruled over a divided land two centuries before Christ, is still remembered for his remarkable achievements, including the unification of China and the construction of the “Terracotta Army,” a massive collection of life-size clay soldiers and horses that guard his tomb.

His greatest quest was to find the secret to immortality. He took one potion that promised to give him eternal life. He took it with great promise.

But, on one of his tours through his kingdom, he grew ill and died.

His secret to immortality was mercury, a deadly poison.

The substance was mercury, a poison that kills.

Many seek more years in life. But what is the purpose of more years in a life that doesn’t have an eternal direction?

Jesus warned against shortsightedness.

“For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” (Luke 9:25, ESV)

The man who lives for more than life has a life grander than he has. Never forget that even emperors die, but God’s children live.

-Robert G. Taylor-