For many of us, the clock and the calendar are not our friends. Our time is always getting shorter. I’ve met plenty of folks who have a depressing and mind-numbing sense that their effort, or even their presence, is pointless. Even those with many achievements have their doubts. They secretly wonder if they have any relevance. Questioning if their life really matters.

ClockCalendarI love to go back to this great truth from scripture: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT). We are more than blobs. We are poems of God (literally the meaning of the word masterpiece in the original text). God is still creatively writing the chapters of your life. And He has planned for you to live on purpose.

But if you and I are not intentional, the seconds tick on, the minutes go by, the hour hand sweeps around, a new day starts and before you know it, the fire works are igniting at the stroke of midnight and another year is forever gone. The sobering reality is that our lives are slipping away and we are all called to “live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work” (Colossians 1:10 NIV).  A life worthy of our calling.  A life lived with fruitfulness and significance. The opposite of pointless.

PointlessPurposeful living must be intentional. Relevance is intentional. It doesn’t just happen. What does just happen is a pointless life lived in pursuit of artificial treasures and short-lived peace. A purpose-filled life takes some hard work in the beginning. You need to discover and lock on to your purpose. And then it just takes a lot of consistent proclamations of “yes” to the best things  and “no” to even the good things that take us off mission.

So let me ask this pointed question: On the continuum between pointless and relevant, where does your current work and focus in life fall?  Are you doing what makes your heart sing? If there’s anything about  your answers that you don’t like, what next?

 

QUESTION: What has helped you most to stay on point in living you’re your calling? Your experience will likely help all our readers. Thanks for sharing it below.

 

 

2 responses to The Fear of a Pointless Life

  1. Gregge Johnson on March 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM Reply

    The clock of life is wound but once ,the calendar changes every day . Neither of them shortning, is a fear of mine . A lot of time, I think it is to long ! These long very cold winter nights and days seem to drag with no intent. Instead Im looking forward to future adventures. My wife doesn’t recall me using the word (boaring) >>> However I am . Staying inside the house and being captive for 4 months by Minus – 30 below is just too much . Yes we are coming to Florida to find a house to buy in a week ,but then I will be captive by the heat of summer for 4 months . I know im going to live for all eternity , it just seems too long from TODAY .

  2. Judi on February 24, 2014 at 9:42 AM Reply

    Thank you, Dennis, for the reminder. For me, it helps me to feel the relevancy of my work, day after day, and year after year, to be working with children; my own daughters, and the children in our church school. It also helped me to see the clock and the calendar as my friend, instead of my enemy, when I lost a dear friend over 4 years ago to a sudden death by a lightning strike. It made it so clear that our times are in God’s hands, and every day is a gift from God, and one more day that I have left to teach, to read, to work, to evangelize, to sing and to love in. One thing that we don’t understand as clearly when we are young is that wisdom and spiritual maturity and true humility are often bought with a great price….they have been paid for by the price of pain and suffering. (I Peter 1:6-9)

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