Your reason for living should be big!

Life holds together when you have a reason for living, a cause bigger than yourself.

Some singles seem to want nothing more than to have a good time. They make fun and happiness their reason for living. There's certainly nothing wrong with being a happy person. Christians should be the happiest people on the planet.

But the relentless pursuit of self-satisfaction can slip into selfishness if you're not careful. And, at some point, you may sit in your house quoting the words of the old Peggy Lee song, "Is that all there is?"

I like to laugh. I enjoy my life. I don't think God wants us to be somber all the time. Yet I've enjoyed my life much more since I started using whatever God has given me to help people and to serve him. My reason for living now is not to accumulate piles of money or a house full of "toys".

If you haven't already, someday you'll learn the lesson that I learned years ago:

Jack's truths for thriving.

One of the greatest thrills in life is doing things for God,
out of gratitude for all he's done for you.

Work with what you've got

God doesn't require you to build magnificent cathedrals to his honor. He doesn't expect you to launch tremendous soul-winning crusades like Billy Graham. He doesn't keep a tally of how many dollars you give.

He wants you to do what you can do. You can do it where you are, you can do it at your own pace. It doesn't have to be spectacular.

It's not a contest. It's not a competition. If you turn it into that, you've just exchanged one kind of race for another.

No, these works are done out of love, not because you're trying to work your way into heaven. He'll reward us there for how we use the personal talents he gives us.

The wisdom of the eternal

Take my word for it, jobs come and go. Careers eventually end. If you wrap your whole reason for living up in your work, you're headed for a crash. It may be the violent crash of being laid off or downsized, or the gradual crash of retirement.

Jesus, who came from the eternal, lived on earth, and returned to the eternal, saw the folly of piling up toys and trophies:

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves trueasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Mt. 6:19-21)

No one can take it from you

If you make your reason for living your own spiritual maturity and the desire to imitate Christ, you can't help but serve others. The more you put on the mind of Jesus, the more instinctively you'll know what to do with your life.

God is the great rock, the only stability when all else fails. To make him your reason for living means having something solid to hang onto when friends and loved ones die, when illness strikes you, and when dreams turn into ashes.

Loving God is a pursuit too great for one earthly lifetime. It can only be done in eternity. This is a cause worth throwing your whole heart and soul into. It's big, it's fulfilling, and no one can ever take it away from you.

Can you think of anything that even compares to this reason for living?



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