What do you believe about who you are and why you exist? What are you supposed to do to make your various expenditures on planet Earth worth your space here? These are some of the “big questions” we used to be encouraged to find answers to in order to find meaning in life.
I’ve always thought the irony was many folks who purported to be authorities in my life were not sure the questions should be asked, and, they could never agree on where the answers could come from. Think about the confusing amount of voices we have needed to navigate (and weigh in importance and accuracy) in order to find insight and wisdom for a life well-lived.
In terms of the “who am I? question, some in science would argue that I am no more than a cosmic accident, a mere fluke of nature. Why should I assume any moral significance as compared to a butterfly or an elephant? Some in government would suggest my reason for being is to pay my taxes so the elite rulers of a given society can subsidize their vision of cultural equality, while they accrue various benefits short and long term.
When answering the “why am I here?’ question, some in the media would argue that people like me from a European ancestry are the reason for so many things ailing society today. Filmmakers make movies and artists sing about the the narcissistic angle of outwitting my nosy neighbors to make sure I get ahead at all costs…even as a last survivor. Financial advisors stress saving, investing, and mobilizing my assets in order to leverage my cash and earnings into profitable endeavors so I can enjoy a few pleasures before death and not become a liability to society.
When answering the “where am I going?” question, some in politics, social media, and the academy want to silence any critics of their view of life, and reject free speech and religion, individual rights, and the classic approach to tolerance. Others in technology suggest it doesn’t matter where I’m going because machines will take over in due time and render humans obsolete. Or at least try and get there first while not becoming irrelevant, old, uncool, too traditional, and outdated on the way.
If these are the only choices, human existence appears to be little more than an endurance challenge. If we consult the best-selling Book of all time, another set of answers emerge.
Read 1 Peter 2:9-10.
The Bible says I am “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God” (verse 9). God also says in verse 9 that I am here “to declare the praises of Him who called me out of darkness into His wonderful light.” Jesus adds in John’s Gospel that we belong to the Father and He is preparing a place for us to be with Him (John 14:2-3).
We live in a world where people waste a lot of time trying to find meaning in temporal stuff like looks, money, academic achievement, careers, and personal posturing. Ultimately, these pursuits are sure to disappoint. Instead of trying to find yourself where popular culture tells you to look, try looking in the one place God says He can be found. He has time tested answers to the big questions that contribute to human flourishing.
Grow devotionally. The Bible was written by the Author of life. Get anchored in what He says.
Love is a verb,
©2015 by Mike Olejarz