Life is hard!
But, I’m not talking about the kind of ‘hard’ we think of when we are working long hours or trying to keep up with busy schedules, or even trying to get rid of bad habits and build new good habits. Don’t get me wrong… that’s hard too… but the kind of hard I am talking about is even worse.
Life is hard because so often we are directionless… feeling blah… bored… like we have no real goal to strive for. This is the kind of thing that whacks all of the energy out of us and makes us feel like we have no real meaning or identity in our lives. When we fall into this state of being nothing seems to make sense… and everything seems like a waste of time or too difficult to change.
In every culture and every time period people have hungered for something NEW, something to make sense of all those UNKNOWN questions we have. It is true today… and it was true during the writing of the Book of Acts. Read with me Acts 17 (verse 23):
as I [Paul] went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
People of the time we actually feeling so directionless, blah, and without a goal that they began to pay tribute to ‘an unknown God’ thinking that, because they must have missed something, they should try and cover their bases.
So too, we do the exact same thing. We close our eyes, cross our fingers, and hope that tomorrow is better than today. We ‘cover our bases’ by dabbling in this, or chasing after that… thinking to ourselves that maybe, just maybe, this will be what will make me happy, content, peaceful, complete, etc. etc. etc.
Paul’s answer was God makes lives new, healthy, and full… through following Jesus. And we Christians must be doing something right because lives continue to be renewed and changed for the better… forever. Yeah… there’s the Christian ‘junk’ that we all love to hate (judgmentalism, hypocrisy, etc.) but that’s, thankfully, not even close to the whole story.
If you haven’t done so before now… take a moment and imagine a life without directionless blah and boredom. Trade the unknown for a chance at a life renewed, healthy, and full.