Did you make the choice today that your life is going to meaningful? If so, please tell me about in the comments area below. What do you think are the implications of your decision?
"What is the meaning of life?" Now there's a tiny topic hardly worth pondering! The graphic and T-shirt design below by artist Aled Lewis (used with his permission) may provide as good a sense of "clarity" on the topic as one can find.
Kidding aside, the value of asking, "What is the meaning of life?" may be less in the answer to one of life's big questions, but more in the very act of the inquiry. Asking this question is a positive sign that changes in life, ideally growth and maturity, are budding. There's an awareness that can lead to a new life with the potential to lead to a life of purpose and meaning. Engagement in a greater reality has begun.
Change is a part of life, but a change for life needs to be self-initiated—owned, if you will. Those around may demand or encourage us by saying "Change your life," but at the end of the day it is our responsibility and challenge.
How you go about embracing growth is up to you. For me, my big shift change happened when I attended a Bible study of the book of Romans back in the spring of 1985. Like many, I had been searching for meaning in life. As a true student of self-help literature, I was well-read in the classic and contemporary self-help writers. At some point, however, it all started to sound like the same stuff simply rehashed from a different point of view.
I was not a Christian, but I was curious and willing to give that "old and irrelevant book" and the institution of the Church a chance. The Bible, I discovered, had a ring of authenticity about it that none of my self-help books had. There were no lightning strikes or trumpets sounding. It was mostly an intellectual pursuit to better understand, "Who am I? Why am I here? What should I do with my life? Is life meaningful?" The Bible was different because here was core wisdom instead of just knowledge.
What is the meaning of life? It doesn't matter what I say. You have to find your answer for yourself. What I will tell you, however, is this: life is meaningful! Start with this basic assumption and go forward.