The means to live (but no meaning to live for)

Holocaust survivor, neurologist and psychiatrist Victor Frankl said that, “Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.”

He was referring to what I call the crisis of purpose. I think it’s a huge part of the general malaise and apathy which can seep into so many people’s minds these days.

One straightforward way to fight against this cultural landslide is to go out of your way to serve and help other people.

A few weeks ago I asked you this question: “How has serving or helping others given you a stronger sense of purpose?”

Many of you replied. Thank you! And although I can’t list all your responses, here are a few:

“When I serve or help others I realize that I am alive for a reason…”

“The ways I help and pitch in are often things other people don’t want to do. But that’s what makes it important. It’s behind-the-scenes. But it builds up the hospital and my church for God’s glory.”

“I try to make the day better for complete strangers. I go out of my way to offer help, buy them food, or just listen to someone who doesn’t have anyone to talk to.”

“I advocate for people who have been abused. They are God’s children too, but often fly under the radar because they don’t want to draw attention to their situation.”

“I coach sports for the kids. Winning is nice, but it’s really about building our young people into men and women of character, who will make our world a better place down the line.”

(To hear the longer list that I shared on Christmas Eve click here for the podcast.)

The bottom line is this: Service gives purpose. Since God hasn’t given up on the world, neither should we. So when you go out of your way to serve and help others on a daily basis, it breathes greater purpose into your life.

Colossians 2:9 says that “For in [Jesus] all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” God became flesh in Jesus, which is an incredible confirmation not only that God loves his world, but that it has value and is worth redeeming and fighting for.

Frankl said that “Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.”

But that’s not you.

Do you want your days to escape the general malaise and apathy of our time?

Service gives purpose.

By Matthew Ruttan


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