Life is Not a Destination…

life-is1Life is also not a journey this misconception has become so much a part of our cultural tradition that we forget it’s nothing more than a metaphor. Usually one offered up to offset our overemphasis on goals and targets and to get to the finish line. The idea is that we become so obsessed with where we’re headed that we don’t notice where we are in the moment. So, to have more fulfilling lives, we’re supposed to stop and smell the roses along the way. So, then what is this thing called life, well if we subscribe to the thinking of one Mr. Alan Watts a renowned British philosopher who some believe had a knack for analyzing and understanding life. Mr. Watts says life is not just about the end journey in fact he contends that our lives should be treated more as a musical composition, with lifts, drops, and improvised beauty in between, because otherwise, the best conductors in the world would be those who played the fastest to arrive at the end the soonest. Instead, it’s inherently playful and creative in and of itself.

If life is not a destination if it’s not a journey, what is life? How can purpose, fulfillment, and satisfaction in or of life be found? How can something of lasting significance be achieved? Some of these pursuits include business success, wealth, good relationships, sex, entertainment, and doing good to others. People have stated that while they achieved their goals of wealth, relationships, and pleasure, there was still a deep void inside, a feeling of emptiness that nothing seemed to fill. They look back years later and wonder why their relationships have fallen apart and why they feel so empty, even though they may have achieved what they set out to accomplish. An athlete during an interview immediately after reaching the pinnacle of his career stated, “I wish someone would have told me that when you reach the top, there’s nothing there.” Many goals reveal their emptiness only after years have been wasted in their pursuit.

Although life has adventurous moments like an athlete winning a championship or being declared the best in the world. Life itself is not an adventure at least not by definition, although it does have exciting or very unusual experiences, it can be bold, and it is always a risky undertaking, and let’s not forget how hazardous our actions are at times. However, it is summed up this way “Meaningless! Meaningless! …Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). King Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, had wealth beyond measure, wisdom beyond any man of his time or ours, hundreds of women, palaces and gardens that were the envy of kingdoms, the best food and wine, and every form of entertainment available. He said at one point that anything his heart wanted, he pursued. And yet he summed up “life under the sun”—life lived as though all there is to life is what we can see with our eyes and experience with our senses—is meaningless. Why is there such a void? Because the more we try to live it the more we miss it.

Life is an experience, every moment of your life is to be experienced, there are opportunities in every instance of life. Opportunities are missed, memories void because we are blind to life. God created us for something beyond what we can see, touch, taste, smell, and hear in the here-and-now. Solomon said of God, “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). In our hearts, we are aware that the “here-and-now” is not all that there is, while in the natural this is all we see yet we miss it and don’t understand because we are trying to complete life before the end of life. “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:8). This verse summarizes the principle beautifully. When we are selfish, proud, unjust, sinful, and trusting in our own ability or worth to give us the satisfaction of and in life, we are “sowing to the flesh,” and destruction awaits. But when we are selfless, generous, kind, and depending on God’s provision and salvation, we are “sowing to the Spirit” and will reap life eternal.

Eternal life is not a rebirth or a reincarnation into another body here. It is either eternal suffering in hell (Matthew 25:46) or eternal life with Jesus; this should be the focus of our life here and now. That should be considered our goal, that should be our pursuit to live eternal with Jesus. Life will begin, your life will be fulfilled when you realize you do not have to pursue it because it is already yours and you are already complete, rich, a winner in Christ Jesus.

God’s Peace!

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