The quest begins –
Just what is life anyhow?
- Means different things for different people.
- For a baby, it means getting fed when you’re hungry.
- To an older person, facing a lonely, hopeless time, it means a peaceful death.
- A young person in love, it means marriage and a family.
Here’s what the wisest man in the world said about life –
Found in the Book of Ecclesiastes first chapter:
The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
What a dreary outlook on life. This is from the richest, wisest man in history, King Solomon of ancient Israel. He had 300 wives, 700 concubines and “virgins without number”! He had riches that could not even be counted. He dwelt in a palace of ivory and gold. Yet, everything is meaningless!
So, what’s the use?
If everything was meaningless to the richest man in the world, what do I have to look forward to? The cards are stacked against me!
I live in abject poverty – I have no hope!
My marriage is on the rocks.
All my dreams just fell through.
I am in bankruptcy. I have lost everything. Don’t tell me about life!
I quote again from the Bible:
I Corinthians 15:19
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”
Fortunately, there is an answer.
The great Apostle Paul summed it up. If all we have to look forward to are the trials of this current life, we’re miserable! Can’t get any clearer than this.
I don’t believe the Bible, so don’t give me this “pie in the sky” stuff!
That’s your first problem – You’re beating your head against the wall. I turn to Hebrews 11:6:
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to
God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him”.
Again, the Apostle Paul, while on the road to Damascus road in Acts 26:14:
“And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me
in the Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is
hard for you to kick against the goads.’
In the early days of history, horses were prevented from kicking the cart or the chariot by placing sharp goads on the harness. If the horse kicked against it, he got stuck! Jesus was saying to Saul, “Okay, you want to do it your way – you want to fight back – you’re hurting yourself!
You can keep on kicking the can down the road, denying the existence of a higher power and I promise you after 81 years on this planet, you will fail – not once, but every time you try. Hard to kick against the sharp points – it hurts, so why do it.
I once talked to a man who said he was an atheist (doesn’t believe in God). I asked him why he kept banging his head against a brick wall? “Because it feels good when I quit” was his reply.
A friend of mine drove through a traffic light and the traffic camera flashed. He knew he didn’t run the red light, so he decided to circle back and try it again. Again, it flashed and dis so for the third time he did it.
A few days later, he got a ticket in the mail for not wearing a seat belt! Had nothing to do with running a red light! His philosophic answer was: “you can’t fix stupid.”
My friend, you can’t fix it. You can only acknowledge it. Many people will disagree and some will react even violently, but I simply say, “you can’t fix it.” Keep on kicking against the goads!
You’re gonna get hurt!
I turn to the Holy Scripture for another thought. The prophet Isaiah said it well in Isaiah 1:18:
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:…”
Just take your hands off your ears and listen! Sit down and look at the facts. One guy said it well: “Don’t confuse me with the facts, my mind’s made up.”
Yes, it is possible to live a happy, blessed life. It is possible to live above the fray of every day life.
“Only I can change my life; No one can do it for me”. Carol Burnett
You hold the answer in your own mind – You – it’s up to you. You can make the change.
Your life can be different.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so
long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened
for us.” Helen Keller