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A new outlook on life

Karen struggled with finding meaning in the endless cycle of day to day life, until she heard a message that caused her to look at life in a completely new way.

Beep! Beep! Beep!

Your alarm goes off, jolting you out of your peaceful slumber. A groan escapes you. You don’t want to get out of bed. You don’t want to face the day. You ask yourself: Do I really need to get up? Why bother? What’s the point?

Sound familiar?

Life can feel heavy at times. Things like financial stress, peer pressure, relationships, school, or work can feel like massive burdens. You can turn on the TV to watch the news and afterwards be left feeling dismayed at the state of the world. So what is the point?

“We’re born. We go to school so we can get a job. We get a job so we can make money. We make money so we can survive. We survive so that we can go to our job.”

What is the point?

That’s how I used to think. Life was simply a circular struggle, and it felt empty and pointless. I didn’t think that anything I did would ever truly make a difference, and because of this I felt that my life lacked true meaning. Even when I was doing something “good” I couldn’t shake the emptiness that plagued me wherever I went.

I knew there had to be more to life than simply going through the motions and fulfilling my daily duties. I thought about the normal things that most people live for – family, friends, careers, money, etc. – and I knew that even if I achieved all those things it would never bring me the true meaning that I so desperately wanted. Although all those things might bring me some form of happiness, they are temporalRefers to everything of this earth, as opposed to heavenly things. Example: Earthly treasures/heavenly treasures. The earthly things pass away (are temporal), but the heavenly things are eternal. (Matthew 6:19-21; Colossians 3:2; 1 John 2:17)... More and outward, and inside the emptiness would still be there. I had begun to doubt that I would ever truly be happy or find meaning in life. I wondered, “What is the point of life?”

I had always attended church ever since I was a child. I knew I wanted to be a Christian and be a “good person,” but I found that after a time this too felt pointless as I was still left with an emptiness that I couldn’t explain. It was when I was attending a Christian conference that the true root of my problems finally dawned on me. The speaker was speaking about how Jesus was working so that one day we could be presented to Him, as a bride that is holy and without blemish! What a golden opportunity we have to be in the bride of ChristThe bride of Christ are all those who have purified themselves as He is pure and have been conformed to His image. (Romans 8:29) They cleanse and purify themselves of all sin and are true followers of Christ. The Bride is another term for the church of Christ.... More! You can become a new person!

The missing piece

And there it was. What I had been missing. I could become someone new. I didn’t have to continue to live life the way that I had been born. As I sat there I knew that I didn’t like who I was according to my fleshThe “flesh” is all of the sinful desires/temptations/lusts, etc. that dwell in human nature. It is the source of temptation, and nothing good dwells there. (Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 7:18; Galatians 5:24; Romans 8:5) Other phrases meaning the same as the flesh include: the body of sin, sinful human nature, fallen human nature, sinful nature, fallen nature The term “flesh” can... More – my selfish tendencies, my hasty reactions, my judgmental thoughts toward others. They lay deep within my nature, but with Jesus’ help I could become free from these things and gain a completely new nature – a divine nature! That is the point of life.

“By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4.

I hadn’t realized it before, but the emptiness that I had felt inside was actually a deep yearning for something eternal. Something of true value and worth that wouldn’t fade away. When this became clear to me it gave me a whole new outlook on life. Instead of “going through the motions” and just making it through the day, each day could be viewed as an opportunity to gain something eternal!

If I am to be the bride of Christ that means that I have to know Jesus. How do I get to know Him? By denying my own will when I come into various trialsTribulations or trials refer to any event or situation that comes your way that tempts you to sin; that gives opportunity for sinful thoughts and temptations to rise up in you. The tribulation or trial arises when your mind to serve God struggles against your lusts to sin. It also often refers to difficult situations that test your ability to... More, just as He did.

“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”  Luke 9:23.

An active work in progress

In my daily situations, God can show me things about myself that I need to change. I was too quick to react badly here; I was actually seeking a little bit of honour there, etc. When I see and acknowledge these things then I can actively work on myself. In this way, I am walking the same way that Jesus walked when He was on earth. This is the path to divine nature.

“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 2:18.

As I go throughout my day I can pray to have enlightened eyesGetting light means that the Holy Spirit gives you revelation about something. For example, when you have “enlightened eyes” you can get light over your own sin and see that you are selfish, proud, etc. It can also refer to getting more insight (revelation) in the Word of God and His work in and promises for those who follow Him.... More. To have enlightened eyes means to be able to see past my everyday situations and see the eternal value that I can gain from that situation. Everything that God sends my way is an opportunity for victory, to become free from my own lusts and desiresThe desires that we experience that go against God’s will. In other words, a desire for anything sinful. See James 1:14. Also called “sin in the flesh.” Although the expression “youthful lusts” is  often thought of in connection with sinful sexual desires, lusts include anything that go against what is good and right in God’s eyes. (2 Timothy 2:22.; Galatians... More. When I come into a situation where I see something in myself that I know is sinful then I can pray to Jesus for strength to put that sin to death. When I do this in every situation that God sends me then I am slowly being transformed into His image. I am actually being prepared for eternity.

“And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17.

It is not about what job I do or what my daily circumstances are, but rather to use the situations God gives me to be transformed from the way I am and into a completely new person! This gives me a reason to get out of bed every morning! This brings true meaning to my life!

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18.

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