what’s the point?

It is wonderful to run for running’s sake, and there’s a good number of people who like to do that. Perhaps for fitness and also for competition as in track and field. I never enjoyed running, unless it was part one of the three big games I regularly played as a kid: basketball, baseball and football (not necessarily in any order of preference). I could run and run and run and be quite happy and oftentimes tuckered out, because the running took on a significance within the framework of the game. For me running in those contexts was not only tolerable, but fun only because it was part of the game.

Oftentimes we get lost in the details of life, lost I say not in the sense of missing those details themselves, but in missing the point of them, indeed the point of life. We may be like the writer of Ecclesiastes who decided that when all is said and done, all is in fact, meaningless: the world as he saw it, life under the sun. Although when all is said and done beyond that, his conclusion of the matter was that one should fear God and keep his commandments, that being the whole duty of humanity. That God would bring every work to light in judgment, whether it is good or evil.

I am thankful that even during those times when so much seems stacked against someone, and life seems both unrelentingly problem filled and disappointing in some respects, there is still always good reason to go on. And even if reason is weak, there is God’s grace at work to keep us going on. Too often I feel like I’m heading toward some breaking point, where I could just throw up my hands in despair and give up. But giving up is never an option, even if we feel shrouded in darkness. For us in Jesus the point is to glorify God in our relationship with God and with others. Work and all else we do is related and finds its true meaning in that.

I can think that all or much is lost, but I have to keep in mind that God is present and at work in and through Jesus. That God is working his purposes out in his good will, and that whatever I’m doing finds its meaning and fulfillment in that. So that I’m not just doing this or that, things which in themselves can be okay, like the analogy in my own case, running. But more than okay or tolerable when one looks at the bigger picture, and is reminded that it’s a part of something wonderful that is happening in the world.

All things finding their meaning and fulfillment in Jesus, and we in him together in that for the world.