What is at the center of of our lives and world?
At the most basic level… it is ourselves. After all, we live life from the perspective of ‘me’… it’s kind of natural that a central focus of our lives would be ‘me’, ‘myself’ and ‘I’. But, even if that is the final answer for some… most of us want to believe that there is more.
At the next level… it is other people in our lives. After all, we live life among friends and family, co-workers and neighbors. We count someone as being a ‘good person’ who cares for the other people in their lives and considers these others part of ‘the center’ of our lives. Still… that’s not it.
At the next level… it is ‘the world’. After all, we live amongst many people near and far whom we don’t know personally, but who are worthy of our care and concern and attention. We marvel at the Mother Theresas of the world who devote their lives in service to the poor and needy and stranger among us. Still… this is not quite it.
What it really comes down to is this: the center of our lives has to be not only the driving force for what we do each day (self), or the driving force of our relationships (family and neighbor), or even our care and service to the world, but that which makes life possible to begin with, that which provides for the fact that anything exists at all, and that which promises everything will exist into the future… that which makes sense of not just our lives, but ALL life.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come (Revelation 1:8)