what’s the meaning of life?

Posted on July 23, 2012



When we planned on having a question box in our youth group i knew there would be some pretty interesting questions, and there have been some crazy ones. But i don’t think I expected there to be THE question that i think EVERYONE asks themselves at some point in their life. So here is what I shared with our young people recently at our bbq.


First a few analogies.


If you draw some scribbles on a piece of paper, and ask someone what they mean, they will no doubt say “nothing”. Random scribbles don’t mean anything. Scribbles only mean something if they were made for a reason. Bu tif you look at a scribble long enough or turn it round – you may begin to see a shape of something recognisable.


Or, have you ever glanced at the clouds and seen a familiar shape? A dolphin, teddy bear, rabbit? Did that cloud set out to make that shape? Of course not. There was no reason behind it – it was a random shape that you gave meaning to?


This is how people who don’t believe in a Creator or been introduced to the concept of a Creator, go through life. Applying meaning to things that at first seem random. Again – they are giving their own meaning to something. Someone else may think that “thing” has a different meaning.


Some people might say that the meaning of life is to help others, to be happy, to have kids and settle down, to get rich, to be famous. But every single one of these is just a goal. They make our lives about achieving something, and the problem with this is that if our own individual desires are the meaning of life – then for some the answer to the question “What is meaning of life?” is death and destruction!


To ask the question “What is the meaning of life?” is to believe that life was created for a reason. If life evolved by accident, if we are a random scribble, a shape in the clouds, then life has no meaning.


So it is obvious to assume that if we have meaning and a purpose, the only thing that could give us a purpose is the one who created us.


The reason that we are here, is because God created us to have a relationship with him. That goes right back to Adam and Eve. Each and every one of us is created for that single reason. That is why there is human life.


When someone decides to become a parent – it’s not because they want to be entertained by children. We become parents because we want to love and care for and nurture a little someone who needs us to look after them. We want to have a child to love – unconditionally, and hopefully that child will be grateful and thankful and love us back. We don’t *need* to be parents – but we *want* to be. And on a certain level that is how God views us. He made us so that He could love, care for and nurture us, and hopefully – we – as His children – will be thankful and return that love.


“All things were created by him and for him.” Colossians 1:16


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