Do you look around at people, going about their daily business, and wonder what is the meaning of all of this?
I'll admit, I've given thought to those things before and it can be a sobering question to ask - "What am I doing here, Lord? Does all of this really even matter?
I had this talk with one of my boys last night. Watching the news and listening to the threats of our government shutting down - the greatest country in the world - collapsing? That is frightening and confusing and holds consequences we know nothing about, in this land.
And it can make you wonder what the purpose of all of our work and ministering and trying to live a life for Christ is all about.
Is this all meaningless, as King Solomon says in Ecclesiastes? If you read his thoughts there, it sure would seem like it!
Thankfully, he does give us a few passages that are uplifting and encourage the enjoyment of life, but they are mixed in with his depressing ones, so you have to search for them.
Nevertheless, if God has you here, on this earth - you can bet that he has a purpose for you!
Sometimes, even faithful Christians need reassurance that what we do here matters.
And I believe it really does.
Every kind word, every bit of encouragement, every hug, every friendship to someone in need, every hour spent with someone less fortunate or immobile, or sick. All of these things matter.
Yes, we are here for a short time before we are with the Lord, but it's all for a purpose.
Think of all the men and women, who each saw calamity and sin and hardship, in their time.
No doubt, they all woke up at times and wondered if they were making any difference at all.
But, they are part of history. We still talk about them, read about them, give offerings in their memory.
We still read the sermons of those great preachers and we still marvel at the dedication of their mothers and fathers, who taught them and encouraged them to be all God called them to be.
But, even those who weren't missionaries or ministers - those women raising godly children - what they did mattered too.
The meals, the house made into a home, the clothing, the prayers - many prayers. These things weren't meaningless.
The men who worked and produced and built and fought. Those things weren't meaningless.
And what we're doing now isn't meaningless.
Although the enemy would love for us to believe that!
What better way to make us ineffective than to convince us that what we do is insignificant?
How quickly he can whisper in our ear that we are wasting our time - calamity is coming and our days will soon be over.
If Satan can convince you that you have no purpose; that all of what you do is a waste of time, then he has won you over!
He has stolen your hope - your vision - your future!
Don't give him that power!
God placed you where you are - for such a time as this - for purpose and meaning and it's all a part of his plan for you.
You can be sure that you are significant.
You can be sure that you are making a difference in those around you.
You can know that God is the one in control of your life (assuming you belong to him).
So, even in this crazy, mixed up time of lies and corruption and sin - you matter!
God is using you and until he's done with you - you're not done!
Wake up every day, ready to do whatever it is you do, to the best of your ability and do it as unto the Lord.
One day, the fruit of your labor will be what encourages someone else, so make it count.
"Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart,
for it is now that God favors what you do."
Until next time......