One of the songs of my early teen years had a line, “What am I living for, if not for you?” Most who sing or mumble this song will learn the answer in the futility of the question. No doubt that others are to play important roles in our life. Sometimes we will grasp that though others are important, there is only one who will never cause you to regret that you wondered how you could live were it not for them.
A few days ago I wrote of the line by Fred Allen concerning one his friends whom he last saw walking down lovers lane holding his own hand. Perhaps he hummed our song for today as he was infatuated with himself. His tribe is larger than you may think.
Discovering just what or whom is worth living for may be a life long journey. You may grasp it early in life. I discovered this truth when I was twenty. A gifted Russian writer said:
“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.
Too many Americans, even Christian Americans, have missed the point of life and thus are engulfed in the vacuum of “just staying alive.”
Acts 17:28, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”
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