So often we wonder - what is the real meaning of life? Why are we here? What's our purpose? Essential questions to be sure, and no wonder that humankind has struggled to find the answers since the beginning of time!
As baby boomers now in our forties, fifties or sixties, we sometimes equate these questions to our future and how we have planned (or not) for
it. Regardless of our marital status, our family status, or even our employment
status, we still have certain goals and aspirations, things we want to
accomplish and enjoy as we reach into the next stages of our lives. We feel that if only we can accomplish the things on our bucket list, our life will then have meaning.
We know that life is a trip through good times and bad, and for some a real adventure. We're told to
enjoy every minute of that ride wherever it takes us, because "when it's over,
it's over!" In fact, we're told by some to live our lives with abandon - that
when we leave this world, we should be like one banged up car and say,
"Boy, what a ride! Did I get my money's worth or what?" After all,
we can't take it with us and there's no point in holding back! Right? Well, not
exactly right. The fact is, there's a rather serious counter argument, telling
us what the number one item on our bucket list really should be - a right
relationship with God! It makes that "car wreck" advice the very
The Holy Bible contains the true Word of God, and the answers to all of the so-called "mysteries of life", at least the ones most important for us to know here on earth. God created the world and all things in it, and He will end it according to His will ("I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." - Revelations 22: 13) Our real purpose in life is to recognize and heed that fact, take great joy and comfort in that fact (aka the "peace of God"), and live our earthly lives accordingly. Again, this gift of our salvation does not come through any good thing we have done, or ever could do ourselves, but rather it's to accept Christ as our Savior, that He did it for us.
Whether our lives here on earth are characterized by health and wealth, by sickness and poverty or somewhere in between, it's essential for us to know that earthly life is only a heartbeat in time, compared to our eternal life in Heaven or Hell. Eternal life in Heaven eases our thoughts towards our own mortality and that of our loved ones. Truly, that's the real peace and comfort of God!
So don't worry about reaching that finish line as a car wreck. There's a brand new model waiting for us in Heaven with the ultimate new car warranty - guaranteed to really last a lifetime - and longer actually, if only we can steer between God's fence-posts here on earth and accept Christ as savior! May God grant us all this peace of mind!