August 16, 2012

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Matthew 16:26

Who am I and why am I here? It’s a common question asked numerous times throughout a lifetime. Let’s take a look at some wrong things we often look to in hopes of finding answers to these questions.

We live in a very driven culture, where many successful people set some kind of GOALS around what they want to accomplish. But here’s the amazing thing: if we set goals just for the purpose of achievement or success, then very often we can reach those goals, but feel that something is still missing. Have you ever experienced this? You put so much work, time, sacrifice and effort into a project or goal and after the high of celebrating wore off, you found yourself wondering: What now? Believe it or not, goal setting (while a good life practice) isn’t the ultimate answer.

EDUCATION is another way to find meaning. Now, we know that education can enrich our understanding of life as well as provide more career opportunities. Recently, a couple of recent, top of their class MIT grads expressed struggling with a sense of emptiness.  Even all that incredible academic success and knowledge wasn’t enough to fill that longing for purpose. Education (while incredibly valuable) ins’t the ultimate answer.

Then there is WORK.  So much of American culture is focused on career success, climbing the corporate ladder, and striving for the next promotion. And there’s nothing inherently wrong with that kind of focused, hard work. After all, when you pour yourself into your work, you do learn more about yourself and what you’re capable of. Achievement can definitely be a good thing.  That’s actually, part of how God created us – it’s part of how we can have a meaningful life to be engaged in meaningful work. But even work isn’t the ultimate answer. Why? Because those who are incredibly successful at work, can still feel empty.

What about RELATIONSHIPS?  I think we’re getting close. While all relationships are important (friends, family, coworkers, neighbors), we will only truly experience that sought after sense of meaning, belonging, purpose and wholeness by walking in relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jesus –  is the answer. Jesus – is what truly matters. Jesus – is the real key to finding your reason for living. It all comes back to Jesus.