Your search for meaning sets the direction for your life

Do you realize that your life revolves around your search for meaning? Many single people never take the time to stop, question, and discover what's driving them.

If you're not careful, you can drift through life. You can be led by fun, happiness and enjoyment, but deep down, you have a sneaking suspicion that your life is shallow and insignificant.

Many forces influence single people. Advertising would have you believe that you'll be happy when you buy a product. Political parties hold out the carrot that if you vote for their candidates, everything will be wonderful. Your employer tells you that loyalty, hard work, and devotion to your job are the highest ideals.

Often, when it's too late, we discover that all of those voices were false. You come to the sickening conclusion that you were used. Disillusionment sets in.

How to jump off the merry-go-round

Can you escape that trip to nowhere? Can you jump off that merry-go-round of being manipulated for others' purposes?

The good news is that you can--but it takes extraordinary maturity and courage. You have to first recognize that something is wrong, and second, make a conscious effort to change it.

Many of us don't even realize that we're on a search for meaning until we get into our 40s or 50s. What is often described as a "mid-life" crisis is nothing more than opening your eyes to the fact that businesses and organizations have been using you. You look back, with horror, and see that you've been duped.

If you don't give up in despair and depression, it's possible to turn your life around at any age. The first step to jumping off that merry-go-round is to think for yourself and question the motives of forces that would use you.

How to mature sooner

Maturity can be the result of your own experience--or learning from the experience of others. On, I'm trying to share my most important life experiences so you can avoid not only wasting time, but also the heartaches that I went through.

As a Christian, you have the experiences of older believers (like me) and also God's guidebook, the Bible, to help you in your personal search for meaning.

The biggest advantage that you have over nonbelievers is the wisdom and direction of the Holy Spirit.

It's not about you

In his important book, Man's Search for Meaning, Jewish psychiatrist Viktor Frankl related his terrifying experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Frankl observed that people who had a purpose, a meaning bigger than themselves, stood a better chance of surviving. Maybe they were determined to reunite with their family. Maybe they swore to resume their vocation after the war. Maybe they stubbornly refused to surrender their dignity as human beings.

If you haven't read Frankl's book, get it from your public library. He tells us that the search for meaning lies in something other than small-minded selfishness.

That's what Jesus taught too. He proved that meaning can be attained through service to God and others. Ironically, the most meaningful event in history happened when the Lord of All became the sacrificial lamb for all.

Start today

No matter how old you are, you can ask God to show you his purpose for your life, with complete confidence that he'll honor your request. The sooner you ask the better. Start today.

Your personal search for meaning starts with God and ends with God. Families are worthwhile, careers are fine, fun and enjoyment are necessary. But your true, heart-filling happiness will begin when you start doing things for God.

If your motive is pure--to serve God out of love and gratitude--your search for meaning will ring true. The Holy Spirit will let you know, without a doubt, that you have found meaning for your life. Want peace? Obeying God brings it...

Pieces of your personal puzzle are here

Every month, our free ezine, Inspire-O-Gram, provides you with thought-provoking articles, quotes, and a funny poem to help you along the way.

God created you for a purpose. Discovering and living out that purpose is the most exciting puzzle of your life.

If we're engaged, we find important pieces to our own personal puzzle every day. God keeps giving us clues until we understand what's taking shape and our part in it.

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