Who am I?

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Now what?

A man who has worked for the same company for 25 years suddenly finds himself out the door, due to downsizing. His self-identity has been tied up in his profession. Starting over at his age is a daunting prospect.

Long before he thought it would happen, a professional athlete’s record-setting career ends abruptly with a debilitating injury. Now that his glory days are over, the very thought of being a “has-been” is unbearable.

A woman whose chief role in life has been nurturing children must now adjust to the empty nest. What is she to do with herself now?

How will we respond?

If we haven’t already experienced it, likely we will. Being forced out of a role that has given us a strong sense of self-worth and identity can be emotionally devastating.

Our comfortable, familiar world has suddenly lost its reference points, and we are adrift.

A healthier perspective

Child-rearing is vital. Careers are necessary. But usually we fill these roles for a few decades at most. Then what?

What we need, both during and after our cherished roles, is an over-arching and undergirding sense of true meaning and purpose transcending and energizing all aspects of our lives—right down to the very last breath.

In Christ we have it, and only in Him!

“I came,” He said, “that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

When Christ is at the very center of our lives, then everything else falls into place. We do not derive our identity from a role, but from our relationship with Him.

That’s what gives us the ability to adapt, adjust, and even thrive regardless of life’s changes.

If this sounds unattainable, let’s consider this: Many who have tried Christ’s way can testify from personal experience that before they knew Him, they didn’t really know how to live.

But now they do.

And so can we.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Where We Were Meant to Be

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Out of place

The earthworms sought relief from the rain-soaked ground—in the foyer of our church building!

One that had crawled almost to the auditorium was mostly dried up and probably dead.

Church carpets and central heat are not worm-friendly.

From an overly wet environment into an overly dry one, this worm was out of its element.

In place

What’s our element—spiritually?

The Prodigal left home in search of pleasure. But after the famine struck, home began looking mighty good!

God created us to enjoy His fellowship, but also gave us freedom to choose.

What our lower nature craves is ultimately self-destructive, and what may seem too costly is the path to supreme joy.

Within God’s will is where we were meant to be.

And the sooner we come in, the better.

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If There’s no God . . . .

If everything exists by blind chance, then:

We’re accountable to no one.

We can set our own agenda and do as we please. If we choose to be honest and unselfish, fine! But not because a Higher Being requires it.

Without divinely-given moral standards, there is no need to be troubled by an uneasy conscience or burdened with guilt.

Why pray? No one’s listening. Why study the Bible? It’s only a human document.

However, if there’s no God:

Life has no meaning or purpose.

When we suffer, there’s no God to cry to. We’re on our own!

There’s no hell to dread, but also no heaven to strive for.

When loved ones die, we’ll never see them again. All goodbyes are final.

And when death comes calling for us, that’s it!

Aren’t you glad there is a God?

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Answering Life’s Biggest Questions

What are we here for?

Does life have meaning? Does it have purpose? If so, what is it? And how does that affect the way we spend our days?

Is the Bible what it claims to be—the inspired, authoritative word of God? (2 Timothy 3:14-17)

If so, how will we conduct our lives?

But if the Bible is only a human document, then where do we turn for guidance?

What will we choose?

These are questions we cannot ignore. We must decide.

If we focus on this life only, we will live one way.

If we make our choices with eternity in view, we will live an entirely different way.

So does it really matter what we believe?

And does it matter whether what we believe is true?

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Connected?

Power source!

A clock in our bedroom was not properly set, so I turned the hands to the correct time. A few minutes later it still wasn’t right. I said, “That clock is not keeping good time.” Sara asked, “Is it plugged in?” Why didn’t I think of that?

The problem was not the clock, nor the wall socket. The problem was no connection.

THE Power Source!!!

Jesus said to His disciples, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

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God so designed us that we cannot fulfill our purpose for existence apart from Christ. Without Him we have potential but lack power.

Are you plugged in?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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In Place

Disconnected

Out by the back fence is a stack of bricks left over from when the house was built. They are dirty. Some are broken. Even when stacked neatly, they’re just there, taking up space, not fulfilling the purpose for which they were made.

In the hands of a skilled mason, those bricks, after decades of just lying around, could become part of something beautiful and useful.

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Put into place

The Master Craftsman intends for each of us to be “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone . . . growing into a holy temple in the Lord . . . built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:20-22).

Only then will we truly be in place.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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What’s Missing?

It was dark. I had replaced four of the five lug nuts on my spare. Where was the fifth one? After I’d aimed my flashlight in various directions, my eyes focused. The errant nut was stuck to the magnet on my flashlight!

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Seek and find

Addressing the Athenians, the apostle Paul explained that our Creator wants people to “seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us . . .” (Acts 17:27).

Why we’re here

Good news: God wants to be found. Best news: Finding Him fulfills our very purpose for existence!

We might get by with only four lug nuts, but can we make it without God?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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