16 Sep 2009

Meaning To Life

Submitted by Stephen Winters

We each are (only) a small part of the total scheme of things. We each only see or know such a little part of the total scheme of things.

Part of the problem some of us have had, or have, is that “we” want to “see” the meaning to our lives. As I was pondering that this morning, it hit me. When we want meaning in our lives, could it be that we are wanting to see that our lives account for something great and significant, or even that others will look at us and say “That person really affected and changed our lives. That person is great and wonderful.” Of course I’ve overdoing my example for effect. When we want to see the meaning to our lives, we want to see that our life meant something to somebody, that our life was of some value to somebody. That desire or idea does seem to have some merit, but but, that whole way of thinking is about Us, About ME!!. “It is important to ME that MY life have meaning and significance.?” This whole way of thinking is kind of screwed up. I think of Mother Theresa. For what I understand she went to someplace to serve, not to find meaning about her life. And yet (I would assume) that she found meaning in her life because of the way she lived her life.

Trying to find meaning in life is very self serving. It is all about us. Instead, “The question is not, says Frankl, “What do I expect from life?” but, “What does life expect from me?” We must realize that we are being questioned by life—daily, even hourly.” http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=9e1705481ae6b010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1

What people may not understand is that trying to find meaning is life is all about trying to satisfy our emotions. “I want to FEEL like my life has meaning.” Instead of trying to find meaning in our lives, we need to answer the questions that God and life are giving us right now. We find true meaning in life acting responsibly in every situation, i.e., being a good husband and a good father, etc. In fulfilling our duties and responsibilities we don’t always “feel” that our life has meaning. But our life has meaning because it means something to those that we love and serve.

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