“What is the meaning of life?”
A question many of us ask. For some, the search for enlightenment can span a lifetime and many countries.
The philosopher Aristotle decided that life was about happiness. “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence,” he said.
While I am no philosopher myself, I have come to a different conclusion.
When I was younger, I had hoped that when I discovered the answer to the meaning of life, I would have my own life all sorted out.
But things rarely work out as we expect them to. And, interestingly, the answer I found has sent me on a new search, altogether… now that I have a personal revelation of life’s meaning, how do I implement it?
“But, wait! What is the meaning of life!?” I hear you asking.
Well, it is just one word. But it has adjusted my priorities and influenced my career choices ever since I discovered it.
For me, the answer to the meaning of life is simply to love.
We humans are built to love, and we desire to be loved. This passion is a powerful force – one which is not always used for good. We can use love selfishly, for our own wants and desires, but we are also capable of loving in selfless ways.
Romans 12:10 encourages us to, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.”
Now, I’m not perfect. In fact, I am far from it. But life is a journey of many steps made up of each decision we make.
The impact of love on the lives around me has opened my eyes to a bigger world, one that extends well beyond my own existence. It’s spurred me on to build a life that is about sharing love – be it as simple as a smile or an encouraging word, or perhaps bigger choices that involve sharing my earthly resources.
My journey to discovering meaning in life was simple one, but it was a journey, nonetheless. By following the example of Jesus, we each have the power to bring life through finding ways to be love.
I hope sharing my personal revelation of the meaning of life may inspire you on your own journey.
“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14
Happy Valentine’s Day!