Ask 10 people to define the meaning and purpose of life and you’ll more than likely get 10 different answers.
How is it that something as widespread and universal as life, cannot be concretely defined amongst those who are actually engaged in living it?
Think about it. If a group of people were playing a sport, they’d all have a pretty unanimous view on what their objective was in the game.
You may recall the popular lyrics of this nursery rhyme from the 1800s:
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
Metaphorically, this last line has often been said to illustrate that the physical aspect of life has the same value as a dream. Meaning that our lives are not considered reality, but more an abstraction or imaginary.
Recently, Beyonce released her first documentary titled, “Life is But a Dream.” She showed the world her personal video diaries, we followed her to rehearsals; saw her with her husband and child, watched mobs of fans chase after her, saw her perform before millions around the world and at the end of it all, she equated this huge life of hers to a dream.
Now to some, this idea of life being a dream sounds like a relief. Some hope and believe nothing that happens during our time on earth will matter in the end.
For me on the other hand, imagining this life as merely a dream is a bit disheartening and in all honesty, it sounds empty.
This week I learned of the death of two very special people. They were both only 20 something. One was a high school classmate of mine and the second was a guy I was recently able to produce a short story about.
I thought about these two people. One died quite unexpectedly, the other had a bit more time to prepare due to an ongoing cancer battle.
In reflecting on both of their lives and deaths, one thing is clear: whether we’re ready or not, the end of this life will come. And when it does, can we really say everything we experienced was just a dream?
If you can 100% confidently say, “yes, once this life is over, it’s just over, that’s it and I’m 100% convinced of that,” you can go ahead and stop reading now because the rest of this post is not for you.
The rest of this post is for those who are wondering. For those who aren’t satisfied with the idea of life being over once it’s over. For those who want to know, without a doubt, what this life is really all about and what happens after.
I want to share with you some of my discovered truths about life (in bullet form for all my ADD peeps that are still with me. I’m impressed you made it this far! Lol):
• What you believe about life after death, determines how you live
• Life is strategically designed
• Our existence is not by chance or happenstance
• We are more than just flesh, bones, and dirt
• We are spirit beings with souls, feelings, and emotions.
• When our bodies shut down and return to the dirt, it is not the end of us
Now you may be wondering, “how can you be so sure of this?” Well, I’m sure because
I also know these things to be true:
• I did not create myself and couldn’t recreate me even if I wanted to
• I know that living for myself and following my own desires doesn’t satisfy me
• I know that I am my best, most fulfilled self, when I am focused on something bigger than me
• I know that I would be depressed if there was nothing after this life…how wack would our current existence be? How pointless.
• I know that there are too many things on this earth that scientists, psychologists, doctors, and therapists cannot explain or solve
• I know that there is a God who hears me, knows me, loves me and guides me every single day
• I know that God knows exactly why each and every one of us is here
I think this is a perfect time to introduce you to Aaron. Take a moment to watch his story:
This past Saturday, Aaron passed away. When I heard the news, I felt such peace for Aaron because I knew he was ok. I knew that he knew his Creator and that he figured out the reason for his own existence. I knew that he desired more than anything to live a life that pleased the One who made him.
The thing I love about Aaron’s story is that he was bold enough to say to the world, I wasted part of my youth and I wish I’d lived for God sooner. Aaron discovered where his value came from and once he made that discovery, all else was worthless.
I will end with this:
The Creator of the universe loves you more than you can comprehend. He knows the number of hairs on your head. I bet you don’t even know that about yourself! Ok bald guy, He knows what you just thought too!
God knows you the best because He made you. And because He made you, He knows what’s best for you. He knows that living apart from Him, you will never be satisfied, you will never be everything He knows you are, and you will never know what it truly means to live.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” – Romans 8:2
If you’d like to know more about how to live this life full of love, purpose, guidance and fullness, hit me up anytime: