What a strange paradox life is. The people with enough to guarantee and experience life to its fullest, are often the most miserable. Even in America, where we have so much more in terms of materials and opportunities, there is a tsunami of hopelessness.
Why is that? The answer is clear: without love; you have nothing.
Here’s a simple math formula for you engineering types:
Everything – Love = Nothing
Read 1 Corinthians 13:2, “And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.”
This past week saw the suicide of someone who had it all. A beautiful, inside and outside, accomplished young woman, who had an incredible life, jumped to her death from her luxury apartment building in Manhattan. You can call it depression, anxiety, hopelessness, or despair, but what is at the root is that the individual feels a profound, and debilitating, lack of love.
Each of us is instilled within a desire to love and be loved; that is the reason we look forward with hope to tomorrow. There is no other reason we exist than to express love and receive love. This truth is also why some walk around dead long before they are buried. When this cornerstone is not there, our foundation crumbles and we crash. Sometimes, it is a fire that is extinguished; other times, we burn to the ground.
As long as you have friends who love you and people who you love, we will live; because to love is to live. If we no longer desire to live, our love lamp has gone dark. Material inanimate objects cannot fuel our purpose. They cannot receive love or love us back. Everything we accumulate eventually turns to dust. As Colonel Sanders said, “There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can’t do any business there.”
Fame is not love. People are fickle, and one day you are a prophet, the next, a pariah. There is only one thing that gives life, and that is the realization that you are a child of God, created in His image, of unfathomable worth to the Creator of the Universe, and counted worthy IN and BY Him. You may not always FEEL loved because feelings are deceptive; but you must KNOW that you are loved, because you are.
This truly unworldly approach is met with much skepticism and derision in today's world. After all, isn't organized religion the scourge upon humankind? No, it isn't. Ask yourself, if man is capable of such amazing discoveries and acts, then why is humanity getting more lost and crying out? Why is the number of addictions and mental health issues rising? Why are so many crying inside every day, feeling lost and alone in this world when they have the social network that has bound us all inextricably together?
You won't get love from a politician promising unity, a bumper sticker proclaiming BE KIND, or even reading the most fabulous self-help book in the world. There is only one place you can get authentic, unconditional, and eternal LOVE. And the longer we rebuke this truth, the greater the price we'll pay.
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