Monday, January 31, 2011

What is the meaning of life?

If there is one question I ask myself over and over is what is the meaning of life? Anyone with an answer? I would love to know. I have met people in their seventies who are still trying to figure out life and what to do with themselves. Yet I have met people in their twenties who seem to know what they want with their lives and are kinda set to go. They seem to have figured it.

Have you ever read the wisest counsel of Solomon? He is recorded as one of the wisest men in the history of the world. But honestly I don't like him. Not like I hate him, it's those feelings you can't figure out, you just no it's not love. How can he say everything is meaningless? Is that wisdom really? That's not the kind of thing you tell people. What's up with this dude? It's like the government telling the poor that they will always be poor unless they learn how to be self reliant. They can't do that, the poor would riot. Or why do you think every day on the news someone is saying.. naomba serikali?

Sometimes we want to be lied to. We at times enjoy lying to ourselves. Who wants pain? Apart from some numb freaks who feel nothing. But an ordinary human being seeks pleasure and avoids pain, yet the truth is said to hurt. And maybe that is why we have no idea what is the meaning of life. Because right down our hearts we are afraid to hurt when we figure out the truth.

Today morning I was reading a very interesting book and the writer was also asking the same question. What is the meaning of life? But I like his thinking. Having grown up in a war torn country, all he knew was hate and violence. He couldn't figure the meaning of life having seen the brutality of soldiers killing innocent people. But one day he picked a broken mirror from an accident scene. As a boy, he smooth-en-ed the edges into a small circle and he would play with it. He would use it to reflect the light in dark places as a game and he learnt the meaning of life. He still have the mirror in his pocket.

He learnt that we are not the source of light, but we are created to reflect light. God is the light and he created us to reflect his glory, his wisdom and his light to dark places. Ours is just to position ourselves right, to tap His light and in thus doing we shall bring forth hope and light to those around us. All we do in life is okay, is brilliant, is great, but it is meaningless if we cannot reflect the glory of God. Let everything you do, not just be a chase after the wind, but rather let it bring people to a place of light, a place of strength and a place of hope.

Arise and shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples. But the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60: 1-3 NIV

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