Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Is there a purpose to human existence? How should I live my life? These are just some of the philosophical questions that have plagued humanity for millennia. The way we answer these questions reveals much of our character and our lives’ direction. The problem is that we don’t always know the best way to live these questions. Further, even when we do, other answers often distract us. This leaves us empty, aimless, and lost.
When we turn to scripture, however, we find that our experience is not new. In fact, it is common to humanity across time and culture. While we struggle to create our own answers, we miss the wisdom that offers us purpose. The problem, we see, is not unsolvable. Rather, we refuse to see it, preferring to look elsewhere. And still we wonder why our lives are void of purpose and direction.
Our life’s created purpose is loving relationship. Three key interactions define these relationships: God, each other, and creation. When we learn to live into these relationships, we find our life suddenly makes sense. Yet we continue to try other paths and different directions. As we move through this Lenten season, may we focus once again on our purpose and regain our human focus.