“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” Ecclesiastes 1:2
Do you ever wonder what life is all about? I have to admit that there are times that I have not only wondered but thrown up my hands in desperation, second guessing the turns that my life had taken. I was pleased to see that even Solomon, questioned the meaning of life. He starts out the book of Ecclesiastes with “everything is meaningless”.
So the bigger question becomes what will make our lives more meaningful? There are “things” that if neglected will make our life empty, meaningless and wasted but if we do those “things” our life is fulfilled, happy and with purpose. The first and most important “thing” is to discover God and to grow our relationship with Him. Rick Warren in The Purpose Driven Church says that “Genuine spiritual maturity includes having a heart that worships and praises God.” Jesus when asked what the greatest command in all Scripture was stated, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” Clearly no matter how successful we are, or how wealthy we become, if we don’t have a loving relationship with Jesus our life will be empty and unfulfilled. When our lives are empty we try to fill them with “stuff”, unfortunately “stuff” never fills the void that only God can fill. Jesus is right next to us if we seek Him out, in fact He states…”Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Revelation 3:20-21
The second “thing” necessary for a meaningful life is to build and enjoy loving relationships with others…after all no man is an island. We were created to love and Jesus said, the second most important think God requires of you is to love others. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 God will always direct us into church and family because we need others, we need to learn to love others and learn to enjoy fellowship with others.
The third “thing” is using our gifts and talents in service to others. God gives each of us special gifts and abilities but sometimes because of our own feelings of inferiority or low self-esteem we don’t act on those gifts. So many times we try to fit the mold of what others want for us instead of acting on the purpose for which we were created. Others don’t have our best interests at heart, only God does…He alone will always direct us but we must listen.
A meaningful life is within reach but it requires us to develop a heart that loves God, one that creates loving relationships and using our gifts as God destined them to be used.