Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Life has Purpose

Recently I read a book titled "Economic Gangsters". Within the book there is a line that simply reads, "There is more to life than GDP." Let me say, I couldn't agree more. There is more to life than the desire to accumulate possessions and a greater value of assets. Recently I had some moments of reflection when I thought so many things in life were meaningless, take economics as an example, meaningless. Relationships, what did they mean? What was the point? When Soloman wrote Ecclesiastes the word meaningless popped up an astonishing number of times. Searching on Bible Gateway for "meaningless" you would find there are 36 references to the word throughout the whole Bible. 33 of those references occur in Ecclesiastes. For example,

"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Everything is meaningless!" (Ecclesiastes 12:7)

But, then there is an Ah-Ha! moment.

"Now all has been heard; Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. God will bring everything into judgment, including every hidden thing whether it is good or evil." (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

So, everything would be meaningless except that God exists. Why are we here on this planet? The chief end of man is to enjoy and glorify God. This colored my foray into meaninglessness with neon-glow-in-the-dark paint, not really, but, life is far more exciting. There is so much to hope for, so much to expect in a life that wraps itself around God.

This is key. What you think about God is the most important thing. This is because it paints everything. Knowing we are absolutely loved gives us courage. Also, the more we are loved, the greater the capacity we have to love others.

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