Finding Meaning

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Colossians 4:3, 7-8 GNT
At the same time pray also for us, so that God will give us a good opportunity to preach his message about the secret of Christ. For that is why I am now in prison…

…Our dear friend Tychicus, who is a faithful worker and fellow servant in the Lord’s work, will give you all the news about me. That is why I am sending him to you, in order to cheer you up by telling you how all of us are getting along.

How does someone who is in jail for preaching the gospel get so lost in the joy of the opportunity to continue preaching that being imprisoned pales into insignificance?

How does a prisoner find the motivation to write letters to free people to “cheer them up”?

When we think about it, we might realize that the things that we consider to be hassles, and which are stressing us out are in reality nothing. Put next to Apostle Paul, our incessant grumbling over our troubles seem so downright petty and selfish.

I suppose the difference is in the fact that Apostle Paul had found that elusive thing called meaning. As he eloquently put it…

Philippians 1:21 GNT
For what is life? To me, it is Christ…

Our lives are so focused on our troubles only because we do not have a compelling vision that consumes us in the way that Apostle Paul was consumed with Christ and his gospel. In fact, there is no the vision that should consume us other than to make the kingdom our top priority. As Jesus taught…

Matthew 6:33 GNT
Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things.

It is this pursuit of the kingdom that is meaning, everything else is chasing of the wind. As one philosopher/king once put it…

Ecclesiastes 5:15-16 GNT
We leave this world just as we entered it—with nothing. In spite of all our work there is nothing we can take with us. It isn’t right! We go just as we came. We labor, trying to catch the wind, and what do we get?

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