Meaning of Life
When I set up my site and decided to start blogging, this was one of the topics I said I wanted to write about. I made a list of things and this is one of the things I wrote down. I have skipped it for about a week until now. This is a tough topic. I guess what I should have said was, Meaning of Life – For ME. There is a lot of stuff out there and many philosophers and scholars have struggled with this since man began to reason it out. I just know that, the older I get, the more I think about what my life means to me, my children and the people I’m associated with in my life. In “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything was discovered to be 42. However, the Ultimate Question remained a mystery. There are books out there that will tell you the meaning of life is to be happy and just do your thing. It’s amazing to me that so many people have tried to figure it out for everyone and fallen so short. Life itself is a mystery. But it is a mystery to be embraced. In Ecclesiastes, Solomon struggled with this very issue. He struggled because he knew life was short and he wondered about the meaning of life with what he had gone through already. Our Pastor said something a couple of weeks ago I thought was very profound. He basically said if you struggle with whether something is important or not, if it isn’t important at death, it isn’t important. I started to reflect on that and the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. I guess I’m starting to think about this stuff because, being in middle age, if I live a typical lifespan for a man in the United States of 76.2 years, I’m well past the half way point. So, what is this all about? What are we doing? What IS the Meaning of Life?
Meaning of Life – What’s it all about?
I saw one of the most profound statements about life a few years ago and it hit me hard when I thought about and it still does to this day. There is a sign under a bridge where we go out to go shrimping and it says “You are responsible for your wake”. When thinking about the Meaning of Life, truer words were never spoken. How many people go through life and they never really think about what they are doing and the consequences of their actions? They just go through life and have an all about me type of attitude. In my mind, those are some of the most miserable people because everything they do is centered around them and their happiness, when true joy is found in making others happy and doing service for others. As I was typing this, Mother Teresa came to mind. She spent most of her life in the slums of Calcutta devoted to helping the financially and spiritually poor. It’s amazing to me too when I think about it. Doing things for me makes me happy. But, doing things for my family and for others brings me true joy. So, doing things for others is, in a strange way, doing things for me. Strange, right? Also, for me, I’m a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ. So, when I focus my energy in that direction, and do things in order to bring other people closer to God, that also brings me joy because I know it brings HIM joy. God desires true worshipers to worship in Spirit and in Truth.
I have watched so many documentaries from physicists lately about how the universe was created and how the earth was formed. Most of them take creationism totally out of the picture. They even say the molecules in our left hand probably came from a different star than the molecules in our right hand and were formed when stars exploded. They take the stance that the universe is all there is. There is no creator or intentional design. It just happened. When we die we are dead. So, Eat Drink and Be Merry. When I ponder the Meaning of Life, I can’t imagine thinking I’m going to die and that’s all there is. I just have to believe there is something else and that I’m here intentionally for a purpose. That is what gives me my Meaning of Life. For me, science and my faith match up perfectly.
Meaning of Life – Day to Day
When you start thinking of the Meaning of Life, it’s really heady stuff. You can wrap yourself into so many knots when you start to contemplate why you’re here and what it will all mean when you’re dead. Will your Great Grandchildren even know your name? I wrote about that in Leaving a Legacy. For me, serving God and doing the best I can to set an example for my children in how to live and treat others is priority. I can’t imagine not having that faith in my life. I also have other ways I serve people. I found that life is much more enjoyable now that I’m involved in fitness. I have more energy and I feel better about myself. I’ve told people, when you’re in shape and you feel good about how you look, it improves every aspect of your life. It improved me spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically and now, even financially. Financially you say? There are studies that show fit people make more money. On average about 9%. Couple that with being a Beachbody Coach where you actually get paid to help people do that and for me, it’s a win win. I have heard people say, find the thing you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life. I found it for me. It’s being a Beachbody Coach and helping people get fit and helping them make money doing it. If you want help, Contact me and let’s get you started on your fitness journey. I love helping people! I have a whole new realm of friends and I now LOVE what I do for a living. It also frees me up to spend more time with my family and I can really enjoy life and explore the Meaning of Life. But, if you get nothing else out of this, just remember, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR WAKE!!
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