Today, I responded to such question, thankfully not being apart of a mournful incident. Earlier, a gunman held up a real estate agency here in town, holding hostages for over 6 hours, only to end the holdup by heartbrokenly shooting himself.
Can you imagine being one of the several hostages? One inevitable thought I guarantee going through all of their minds was, “am I going to get out of this alive?” And respectfully so. Wouldn’t we all think this?
The worth, the importance, the price we have on our lives is my daily embrace proposition. Yes, we may all highly value our lives, but do we truly understand the meaningfulness of why we’ve been put on this Earth? Why we live each and every day?
Not to burst your bubbles, but it wasn’t to be the Mark Zuckerbergs or Oprah Winfreys with all the riches in the world. Fame and fortune isn’t our ultimate goal. Obtaining your dream job isn’t the pinnacle of your life. Money cannot be what you’re always seeking out. Money doesn’t satisfy. Things we can buy only holds temporary atonement value. Because what happens when we buy something new? We ‘play’ with it, show it off for a while, then store it away until a newer ‘toy’ comes along. We continually seek out the next and newest item. Why? Because we’re always trying to fill a void. We’re always trying to seek out contentment in things. But do we want to be known by the things we own? When someone mentions your name, do you want to be known as the “guy with the car collection” or the “woman with the most beautiful jewelry?” How superficial is this when you take a step back? Do we really want this status? Don’t you want to be more meaningful to others?
Think back real quick on the person who’s had the most influence in your life….
Did they have those expensive items; did they flaunt them? Or were they caring, motivating, giving, or simply friendly?
You’re answer is probably the latter. So what does this all mean?
It means we’ve been created for a purpose. Created by Him. Created by Jesus Christ, the Creator of your life and this world. The meaningfulness of your life can be found in His Word and through Him alone; not through the media, the popular crowds, or the celebrities of Hollywood. God made each and every one of us for a purpose. We were designed and formulated not to buy the latest and greatest gadgets, but to worship Him and give Him our attention. If you can put Him first in your life, you will be fulfilled and begin to see how exceptionally unique and meaningful our lives truly are.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”-1 Corinthians 6:19-20
So what is the meaning of YOUR life?