The Meaning of Life?
I recently stumbled upon an article discussing “What is the point of life, when we come to an end?” It is important that we find the answer to this question within ourselves to reach our fullest potential self-satisfaction and worth. So lets delve into this topic. “What direction do you want to take in your life?”
Some people decide to take the angry, rebellious road in life. This path takes you to cold, dark places where it may seem there is no way out. Gangs, drugs and violence may seem like they are earning you power, but in reality they are permanently damaging a reputation that could take a whole lifetime to win back. The dead end at the end of this road is jail, a life on the run or even death.
Others decide to travel down the path of corporate greed and selfishness. There is nothing wrong with dedicating your life to a passion in your occupation, but to let it consume you and drive you in any which direction is a slippery slope. Once you put your career and finances before your family, friends and spirituality, you are inviting sin into your life. You will sacrifice anything for power and money. Without humbleness you have nothing to keep you in check meaning you are soon likely to be beyond control. Material possessions and idolatry are often the downfall to many powerful figures in history.
One of the most obvious, definite and characterizing facts of life is the “never ending chase. From the article I read an excerpt reads “I race and I chase, all so that I can make more money, have more success, be more attractive, and hopefully be happier in some distant future when I’ve hit some superficial and randomly selected target. But will that day ever arrive? You and I both know how this game goes: the wanting for more never ends; and happiness will always (unless we intervene) appear to be just a reach away, in “some day” land, when we’ve finished this project or have reached that goal.”
We as humans act as though we will live forever. That is why we seek value in money jewelry, cars and other luxuries. Material things, we believe, will give us paradise on this earth. But, do we strive for what could be paradise in this life or what will certainly be paradise in the next life? What is of more importance to you? On this earth, I believe time is a more valuable commodity than material possessions.
With time we can do so many things. We can build real, spirtual and lifelong relationships with people important to us. We can help other with words, thoughts and deeds. Most importantly, perhaps, we can build a long-lasting, enduring legacy. This legacy will not be for our own ego boost. Instead, our legacy will be for the world to enjoy, treasure and hopefully carry on in their own right.
The Salvation Army is trying to be a piece of the puzzle in the idea of creating a positive, enduring legacy for this world. Our mission statement reads “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”
To create such a legacy we run annual events such as the Bed and Bread® Club Radiothon, the Red Kettle “Paint the City Red” Christmas campaign, the Detroit Red Wings alumni game, Coats for Kids Radiothon and many more. We do this to raise money for those less fortunate than most. By doing this, we hope we are spreading good spirits and good attitudes that will last a lifetime and perhaps, beyond. One person can not make a difference alone. It is important we engrain the mindset in young and old alike that giving is indeed more important than receiving. If we could all live in perfect, content harmony this world would an inviting place because everyone’s continuing legacy would provide future generation with someone to believe in, something to trust, something to strive towards. At The Salvation Army we hope organizations around the world will join us to help finally answer the question “What is the meaning of life.” Here we believe it is quite simple actually. Life is about “Doing the Most Good.”