The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 13, 2013

God gives purpose

Daily Item

---- — I want to thank Mr. Westlund for his recent article on advancing science. Mr. Westlund is very passionate about the need to improve and expand our need for scientific education, along with scientific research and development.

He quoted a statement by Dr. Martin Luther King, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter." This is an amazing and accurate description of our need for purpose. So "What are the things that really matter?" What are the things that we should speak up about and not remain silent about? This is the key to living life with a purpose.

Today a great majority of people drift through life without purpose. We see the aimlessness reflected in our society every day. Suicide is common. Many resort to drugs, alcohol, loose sex, video games and more, all to find a temporary relief from the emptiness and purposelessness that consumes them.

Still others attempt to scale the ladder of success at work or try to fill that void with recreational and leisure activities. Still others try to find purpose in doing good works.

Why is it that at the end of the day we feel that our lives still come up empty. We still lack direction, significance and purpose. The first four words of the Bible may give us a clue at the answer to that question: In the beginning, God.

Blaise Pascal said "There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus" Augustine said "Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee". When we pursue our own agendas and goals in life and ignore the living God, how can we possibly expect to find purpose, satisfaction, and significance in our daily lives.

A life with purpose will start with "In the beginning, God." Giving God the authority and control of our lives places our lives under the control of the Great Shepherd. It is this Shepherd who knows how to give peace, security, protection, sustenance and encouragement to his sheep.

It is he who leads and guides. When we follow his simple guidance, an amazing thing begins to take place. We find purpose. We begin to find value and significance. We are also given rest.

We celebrated Easter recently. There are some facts about Easter that are essential to our faith. Jesus Christ (God's son) was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died upon a cross and he was raised from the dead. He is a living Savior. The blood of Jesus Christ did not come from Mary, but rather from God himself. Jesus was fully God and fully man. This is a mystery. The crucifixion and resurrection of Christ is an historical documented fact.

I agree with Mr. Westlund that facts need to be documented and universal. The archeological evidence supporting the historical record of the Bible is overwhelming. The prophetic record (concerning Christ and future revelation events) continues to come to pass seemingly before our very eyes. In conclusion, if you are looking for purpose and hope, look to Christ.

n John Eby lives in Paxinos.