It’s not how many blessings you have received that makes the difference; it’s how many you have given away.
I’m sad to say I’ve spent most of my life with a big hole in my heart. You know what I’m talking about, an emptiness that left me wondering and searching for something to fill that longing.
Like most people, I thought the answer would be for me to have a family, acquire a lovely house, and be financially secure. Surely that would bring fulfillment and satisfaction.
I would often dream about what I would do if I won the lottery. Come on; it surely has passed through your fantasy world at some point. So I tried being an entrepreneur by starting my own businesses. Unfortunately, all my ideas turned out to be passing fantasies.
Have you been there? Can you relate? Finally, I came to a sudden realization I was looking at things all wrong. I experienced a changing paradigm. Listen to a truth I never considered before that has transformed my perspective on everything.
I was looking to the things of the world to satisfy my needs when I was not created for this world.
Did you hear that? God made me for life with Him; to walk with Him, talk with Him and learn from the Omnipotent designer of sparkling galaxies. I was designed for God to love me. He gave the unimaginable invitation to enter into that love relationship by allowing me to love Him back. That love moves beyond the borders of heaven. This greatest of all blessings extends itself to the darkest recesses of emptiness and loneliness.
To invite others into that relationship is the ultimate jubilation.
We were not brought into the world to acquire things and wealth and sex and power as the answer to joy and fulfillment. I am not the answer to my problems. I am not the subject! God is the subject and answer. I am the one who is being rescued from a counterfeit to love, hope and freedom to what God intended for me in the first place.
1 John 2:15-16Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
15 Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].
No wonder I couldn’t find life’s meaning, no wonder I had no purpose. There I was trying to fit into a place not designed for me.
We all grew up with the assumption that this round glob in the universe is where our happiness lies. But that is a misguided conclusion. Riches, power, and popularity are very temporary and transitory. They will not satisfy the soul. Introducing those around me to a life free of guilt and remorse is what lasts. A life that discovers joy in their newfound value is what gives meaning to life. Helping others to experience these eternal truths leaves a legacy that continues forever.
In living a life of giving to and loving others with the same love Jesus loves us, will provide the purpose we are seeking.
What a blessing to live at this time! The opportunity to make a difference is ours right now. Let us rejoice!