The Meaning of Life

On May 21, 2014, in Relationships, Religion, by ralph

Well, it’s been a little over two years since my last blog. What better way to restart things than to solve the meaning of life!! I’ve been thinking about this for the past month or so. It’s not some sort of epiphany that I had but more of a gradual revelation based on looking at my life and those around me. The meaning of life distilled into two words – Meaningful Relationships. Not too earth-shattering or complicated, right? Let me explain. It is composed of three types of relationships:

A Meaningful Relationship with God – I’m not trying to proselytize here, but in the long run, without this, nothing else will really matter. I’m not talking about just believing that there is a God. Heck, there are numerous surveys out there that show anywhere from 60%-90% of the American people consider themselves to be Christian. You have to walk-the-walk. It doesn’t mean that as a true believer you won’t ever sin again. However, it does mean that you will try your best to minimize its influence on you and you will strive to grow spiritually in both your heart and mind.

A Meaningful Relationship with Family – if you take care of your relationship with God, you will strive to have a good relationship with your family.

A Meaningful Relationship with Friends – Again, the key word here is meaningful. I’m talking about true friends, not so much a regular acquaintance or fellow co-worker. Someone that you pretty much treat like your own family.

Everything else in life is just a footnote. Not unimportant mind you, but not what gives life its true meaning and richness. Life’s ups and downs will make for an interesting journey, but in the end it will be the relationships that will sustain you and give meaning to your life. Loosely paraphrasing something that Max Lucado once said, “When you’re in the final days of your life, will you want to spend your time in the garage with your shiny new car, or looking at your financial statement or admiring your personal awards? Of course not. You’ll want to spend your remaining time with people who matter to you. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now?”

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