While overlooking a lake for the best hot spots available, we spotted two large boulders at the far end which seemed like a good area for fish. We knew the best chance at getting some bass would be early morning; a slow drift by water craft sending arching cast up the rock embankment where we would watch the live bait tumble down the slopping boulder into the shallow water below, cranking ever so slightly to allow a naturally flutter just above the shallow rock strewn bottom until whammy! — a bass gulps the offering. Discovering what fish like and their favourite haunts is not hard if you know what to search for.
Life and its meaning can be compared to finding prize fishing spots. You only have to know where to look. But if you depend on others to find it for you, it may never be discovered. You have to be willing to find it yourself. You can spend a lifetime trying to make your way up the business ladder or spend your time unraveling the maze of information about the marketplace to get rich. You may find disappointment instead. Riches and vaunted careers, these do not bring self-fulfillment, trying to achieve them may in its wake leave behind sorrow such as broken marriages, failed health, and moral defiance. To understand true contentment, you must reverse what is so commonly touted in our day. See the words of Jesus: “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
Rather then taking what you can, you must be serving others unselfishly. So it is not what we do for ourselves and what we can get out of it, but what we do for others that makes the difference. The greatest example for us to follow was Christ. His life was dedicated to bring salvation to His people. His life was the light for men to follow. Learn to be that light for others, to help others see their need for Christ, it is that which brings true contentment.
Jesus says: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21)
You would do well today, to consider your life as something that is fleeing and what you do now matters for eternity. You cannot serve Christ until you become his disciple and any follower must first see and accept what their Master did for them. We are all sinners and all in need of forgiveness and to be reconciled to the Father. For this reason, Jesus came as a servant, to serve and not to be served. He died on the cross to pay for the sins of His people. You must come to Him with your sins in your hands, as a beggar would, seeking His forgiveness. Will you make your confession to Christ today, and turn away from your sins to a life that will bring you real meaningfulness.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45)