As I reconnect with old friends from my past, I find it interesting to observe how we have and haven’t changed. Do those who once commanded awe and admiration still hold us in their spell. Has the basketball star become fat and bald? Are the rich and famous still rich and famous? It makes me wonder what motivated me to decide what was and wasn’t important to me.
For some, it would seem, started out well and never recovered. And others are still searching to find out what it is that defines success and failure. Some are driven by an increasingly unattainable objective of money, fame, or personal achievement. And if we are going to spend our lives on these things, the question becomes,” who is keeping score?”. If it is to be left to those who come after us, it is small consolation, we will be gone. If it is based on who has the most stuff, there can only be one winner, and then he or she is gone.
To spend our whole life on the pursuit of some poorly defined objective, and then not to be able to enjoy it in the end seems foolish to me. And yet everything we do in our life is defined, to some degree, by that objective. It would be maddening if it were not for the fact that there is a much simpler, clearer, more defined objective.
We were created for His pleasure. We were created to please God. The issue then is not about whether I was a garbage collector, teacher, or soldier. It’s not about whether I made more money or had more possessions then the guy down the street. It’s not even about whether I put work before family and friends, or family and friends before work. It is about trusting Him as He leads me. Trusting that He knows better than I. That is the meaning of life.
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.