When you want meaning in your life

When you want meaning in your life

Most people these days lead full lives.  Ask someone how they are doing and you’ll most likely hear one word — busy.  Yet at the end of the day with doing all the things we are responsible for, enjoying the things that give us pleasure and spending time with the people around us, life can still feel empty.  Why is that?  People for generations have wondered and searched for the answer.  I think we call this feeling “meaning”.

It is the difference between getting through your day and enjoying your day.  Lacking meaning leaves you with the feeling of wanting something more or wondering what is missing.

I saw a perfect picture of this idea one night while I watched a movie.  It was a superhero movie with good guys and bad guys, a struggle to save the galaxy.  It was one particular character that stood out to me.  This character talked about a search to find their purpose in life, to give it meaning.   At first everything sounds good, but then something is a little off.  He decided his purpose was to create a perfect world, but that meant everyone else must be destroyed him.  So focused on their purpose, this character fails to see the impact their purpose will have on everyone else.  It seems such a small cost in order for their life to have meaning.

Can I pause here for just a second?

You have probably seen this happen to someone you know. In a search to find meaning and purpose, to create their own happiness, they are oblivious to the impact of their decisions to the people around them.   The pull to find meaning and purpose is strong, because we were created to have a purpose.

What a stark contrast it is to look at the purpose of Jesus’ life.  Instead of searching for His own purpose, He sought God’s purpose for His life and the effect is monumental.  Instead of annihilating the flawed people around Him, God’s purpose was to give them a chance to be rescued.

That’s nice, you might think.  Obviously Jesus made better choice than the superhero, turned villain in a movie, big surprise.  The thing that God showed me, though, much more more personal than that.  That character was a picture of who I am when I make searching for MY meaning in life the priority.  The people around me will suffer for it.  Because MY meaning puts MY happiness first, MY well being first, MY wants and desire before anyone else.  And that right there is the root of bad things that we see around us.

Searching for God’s meaning and purpose in my life means I make HIS happiness, HIS wants and desires my top priority.   The result is that God uses us to love the people around us instead of harm them and that makes all the difference in the world.  What will you choose?

” And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.  The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13




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