Life carries on no matter what…so are you important?
Of course you are! Your significance is measured by the highest standard in existence…God’s love. He created you in His image. And He created you on purpose…to give you life. And that gives you meaning…a meaning you won’t fully understand or comprehend this side of Heaven. You ARE going to Heaven, aren’t you? In case you didn’t know, life carries on way past what you and I can see here and now. Even though your body doesn’t last forever, you do. That’s another part of why your life has meaning. God designed you to be eternal. He doesn’t create humans to be here today…gone tomorrow. If you’re gonna be truthful with me, you can feel something eternal inside you. Can’t you?
It’s easy to feel small and insignificant in this big ol’ world. Especially with all the technology around you. You’re bombarded with news, entertainment, and social media. Advertisements and word-of-mouth would have you think you need bling and swag to amount to something. You don’t. Your worth was determined by the Creator of the universe when He formed you in your mother’s womb. He gave you self-awareness and the capacity to learn and discover more about Him. Do you have a thirst and hunger to know where you came from? Or are you simply satisfied to explain away your existence on random chance? Well…
…I’d like to suggest that random chance can give you that feeling of insignificance. Not creation. If you and I are only here as a result of trillions of beneficial mutations, then there really IS no purpose to life. It just is. And then it isn’t.
However…to know the one, true, living, loving God created you with purpose, meaning, and eternity written on your heart is to know you’re vitally important. And that solid, unwavering knowledge can lift you up in times of trouble, trials, and tribulation. Knowing that your Creator will never leave you nor forsake you can give you the strength to carry on when others give up hope.
And as you carry on, you can show others how their lives have meaning too. You can show them how life carries on, for those who love and seek God, way past the days they spend here on earth. Does this help you feel better about who you are? If so, let me know. Here’s a poem from 40 years ago that a 20 year old guy wrote about a feeling of life without meaning…
Ashes In A Breeze
Where was I when I thought this up?
I was staring into a coffee cup.
I thought I’d write the things I felt
So the cold inside my heart would melt.
I’m a peaceful man…I love the world,
And once or twice I’ve kissed a girl.
I lead a life that carries on,
But something’s missing. Something’s wrong.
I’ve looked into ashtrays before
And never really thought anything,
But now I see the ashes inside,
And they represent everything.
My life is passing by like ashes in a breeze.
It’s like there is no meaning…perhaps I’m hard to please.
Ashes in a breeze…
Sounds like a phrase I’ve heard before,
But emptiness stays with me.
It fits me more and more.
And more and more I’m looking
Into empty coffee cups…
Seeing a reflection and trying to wake up.
If I should ever make
Another meaning for myself,
I’ll erase the cruel reflection,
And put the cup back on the shelf.
© 1975 Tony Funderburk