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Have you noticed the immense number of social networking sites there are? Can you even keep count? I, personally, have at least one. Something they all have in common is the ability to post something you are either doing, feeling, thinking, or seeing at the time. Why do we like this so much: sharing our thoughts, desires, etc? Even this post is not excluded. Something I’ve noticed, is that we are all simply a bunch of narcissists; we love talking about ourselves and posting interesting things in the hopes of getting positive feedback. We all just want to feel good about ourselves and get praise for what we do.
The answer to the title question “What is the Meaning of Life?” lies in this very same concept, but perhaps from an opposite viewpoint. The key here is that it’s NOT about us; it’s about God. The meaning of life is simply to fulfill our purpose: why we were made. And our ultimate purpose, though it has many ways of being fulfilled, is to bring Him glory.
Rev. 4:11 says, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
God is similarly narcissistic; he enjoys praise and to be loved. Although his views cannot be deemed as excessive as warrants the term because He is all deserving. This is why we have free will: because what glory can be had by receiving love from those that have no choice?
An easy concept for some, but perhaps a bit harder for others. Let it sink in. It’s not about me and it’s not about you. It’s definitely the most humbling realization I have come to.
With that in mind, there really is no reason to worry about our everyday troubles, about the hardships we face, the tragedies that occur. Whether we like it or not, everything has a time, a purpose, a season.
1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
English Standard Version (ESV)
Why then, do some people hate God for the things that happen to them? Is it because they do not know what life is all about or because they choose not to believe it isn’t about them? Sometimes it can feel like a slap in the face, but let’s face it…we need it. I’ve come across many people that call themselves atheist. We have free will, so it is your right if you do. But some that call themselves as such really aren’t; they believe there is a God but then refuse to acknowledge Him because of the hurt in their lives. I always hear the same question: “why would I believe in a God that let’s [this] happen and [that] happen?” (insert whatever heartache you choose). Of course there are many things that occur that we cannot explain or comprehend. Loved ones die, children are born with defects, there are starving countries and evil abounds in the world. What it all comes down to is that we don’t have to understand why. We don’t have to have all the answers. All we need to know is that there is a reason for everything and it is not about us; it’s about His glory.
This is what I believe is the Meaning of Life…He is. That’s good enough for me. There are many who do not agree and there are many answers to this same question. For those that don’t, you were made with the right to choose and, therefore, can create your own meaning of life. Regardless of your spiritual standing, I believe there is a purpose to everything and a straight answer to what is the Meaning of Life. Even Siri, the AI of Apple’s Iphone, has her theories. I happen to agree with one of them.