I have been missing in action for a few days. I tried to hide under my bed but it didn’t work. I have been so busy that I can’t even remember the last time I ate, slept, spoke to my mother, or brushed my hair. It is crazy how life takes over and I am just pulled along for the ride even when I just want to be still. I decided to jump off the life train for a few minutes and come visit with you.
I was thinking while I was spinning around in the chaos of life, how we go through phases and that each phase has a particular point to it. We go to school to get an education. We get married to love. We have kids to make a family. When you are going through a phase that has no apparent point to it, no goal or desired outcome, your life feels off-balance and worthless. Just living isn’t sufficient to us. We need something to look forward to. We are hard-wired to being successful, to accomplish some grand thing that will make us worthy of being respected. We think that if we do this thing we will have respect of others, fame, or stature. Sometimes we even do it for self-satisfaction or to make ourselves feel good about who we are as people. Some how we got the point of living all twisted up. Life is not about us at all.
The point of life is to reflect Jesus, to help others. Life is not about us. When we meet our maker He isn’t going to ask us what we did for ourselves, He will ask, “What did you do with my son? Did you love others, feed the poor, take care of the least among you, comfort widows and those who weep, protect children, and honor my son? What did you do with Jesus?” Life is about others. Life is about serving those who need what you have. It isn’t about chasing some dream to make us feel like we are successful. The point of life is about loving others. Not to love them like you love yourself but love them more than yourself, love them better than you love yourself.
To find satisfaction in this life instead of chasing that American dream of a perfect life, wealth, career, seek to serve other people. Treat others better than you treat yourself. There you will find satisfaction that is real, lasting and worthy of your time. If you live a life of service to others, I bet when you look back at the end of your life you will see that your life was filled with the right stuff and that you had a good life after all.
Think about this, when is the best time to help someone? I will explore this quesiton in my next post, Lord willing tomorrow.