Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dear Diary - The Meaning of life

What does it mean to be alive? What is the point of life? What IS the meaning of life.

I’ve listened to a lot of Christians talk about this subject and they all seem to boil down to one thing: being active all the time. One conversation went along the lines the following:

“You’re born, then what?”

“I grow up”
“Then what?”
“I get married and have kids”
“Then what?”
“I become a grandfather.”
“Then what?”
“I die.”
“Then what?”
“I’m resurrected to eternal life.”
“Then what?”
“I learn about being a spirit being and help others as they are resurrected.”
“Then what?”
“I’m given a planet to create other beings to raise to eternal life, so that they can enjoy the spirit life.”
“Then what?”
“Keep on doing that for eternity.”

But is that what life is about? Constantly doing things, never resting?

The clues about the meaning of life are peppered throughout the bible, in both the old and new testament, and from what I’ve read, and the thinking I’ve been pursuing based on that reading, I’m led to one conclusion. The meaning of life is to share that life.

It’s not a constant ‘busyness’, never relaxing. God spent six days working, but then sat back with Christ and enjoyed his creation, shared it with his soul mate. I would love to have been listening into their conversation on that first day of rest.

At the end of the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon says that we are to eat, drink and be merry. Also in that book of wisdom, and through the proverbs, we are told that it is good to rest and enjoy the fruits of our work and it is not a good idea to continually work.

A good marriage is one where things are shared. Not just the work, but also the down times, the holidays, the resting. Thoughts and ideas and mulled over, even if the two people don’t agree. They share the life they have. Children share their time with other children and have more fun when they’re together as do whole families.

Those that do nothing but work? Where is their sharing and enjoyment?

Christ said that he came to give us an abundant life, yet never once said this was to be attained by great wealth or constant working. Besides, isn’t that what the Sabbath day is for? To rest, relax and share?

Think back on the best moments of your life. Were you alone or with someone?

Modern life, civilisation and its economy thrive on work, busyness and people being an individual standing on their own. That, I think, is the main reason modern life is so sad: people have no one to share it with.

It has no meaning.


Victoria Lindstrom said...

Hey Martin, An awesome and brave blog post. I've always held to the notion that we are here to discover our gifts, then once discovered we give them away. Having a partner to proceed along the path of life is a special blessing. Take care ~ Victoria

Lexa Cain said...

I don't purport to have any answers, but I have an observation as one who lives in a 3rd world country. There's lots of sharing and plenty of resting going on here. Family & God are important, and so is doing as little as possible at your job. (If you work hard and take initiative, you're considered an idiot and laughed at.) And this why they're a 3rd world country...

Martin Willoughby said...

Victoria: Thank you.

Lexa: There's a difference between rest and being lazy. We need to work, as I said, but we also need to stop and share. It's not one or the other, it's a balance that needs to be struck.