Purpose Gives Life Meaning
Life is short.
Not that anyone notices.
However, a quick trip through any graveyard will reveal the various ages when people die.
Young or old, death is no respecter of persons.
My family realized this when my five-year-old daughter’s best friend died in a freak accident.
Yes, even five-year-olds die.
I realized it as a young person when several friends of mine died needlessly.
I also realized it as an adult when my father died in his fifties. Since then I have realized it when my grandmothers and grandfather died. (My other grandfather died before I was born.)
Since life is so short, of what should it consist?
What makes life truly worth living?
And if life has any value, what value should we give it?
Purpose gives meaning to life.
It is our purpose on this earth that gives us value. A man or woman without purpose has little life for which to live.
What is it that gives us the desire to live?
I remember my father’s words.
My father had said that he would never have heart surgery again. This was before all the modern advances that reduced the surgical procedure’s invasiveness.
However, the time came when he spoke of heart surgery again. I told him I thought he would never have surgery again.
He replied, “When it comes to dying, a man will do anything to live.”
Those words stuck in my mind.
People tell me they wouldn’t want to be in such and such a condition and would want to die instead.
It is then that I remember the words of my father and realize that people do not know what they will desire until they face death themselves. It is then that life takes on added meaning.
The desire to live gives purpose to life.
It is the desire to live that gives new purpose to life even though the focus changes when we must face death ourselves.
Then the time has come to heal old wounds, make the apologies we should have made long ago, tell our loved ones how much we love them, and reach out to others with the compassion we never had before.
Yes, life has value down to the end of our last breath.
Every word has purpose.
Even our last words have purpose. They set a pattern for the future of our families.
Our last words can leave our loved ones with a blessing or a curse.
Jacob blessed his children before he climbed back into bed and gave up the ghost (Genesis 49).
David blessed Solomon and gave him wise counsel that directed the future of the kingdom of Israel (1 Kings 2).
Jesus blessed the disciple John and gave him the responsibility of caring for Jesus’ earthly mother (John 19:26-27).
Our lives affect the future.
Our lives affect the future of others.
Soldiers are willing to die on the battlefield because they want their families to have a future.
The men at the Alamo gave their lives so Texas would one day be free from Mexican rule.
Shammah stood in the middle of a bean patch and fought against the enemy so his people would have food (2 Samuel 23:11-12).
Jesus gave His life on a cross so that all people could have a future and a hope. His last words as recorded in Luke 24:46-49 gave his disciples understanding and future direction for their lives.
Our life’s purpose gives meaning to life.
Whether we understand our value or not, others need us to fulfill our purpose.
Fulfilling our purpose will give meaning to our lives.
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