Do you ever find yourself thinking about your life and asking, “Is there more to life than this?”
If you work a full-time job, does your schedule go something like this for five, six, or even seven days a week: wake up, go to work, work all day, come home from work, have dinner, put the kids to bed (or whatever else you need to insert here), relax a little, go to bed, then repeat all over again?
If you are a student, does your schedule go something like this: wake up, go to school, come home from school, do your homework, your busy with something four or five evenings a week, eat dinner, play video games (or whatever else you need to insert here), go to bed, then repeat all over again?
If you are a stay-at-home parent, does your schedule go something like this: wake up, wake the kids up, feed the kids, clean up after the kids, take the kids to school, clean up after the kids some more, pick the kids up from school, feed the kids again, clean up after the kids again, take the kids somewhere, get the kids ready for bed, clean up after the kids yet again, you finally get to go to bed, then you repeat it all over again?
Sometimes our daily lives become so mundane that we find ourselves just living from day to day wondering, “Is there more to life than this?”
I’m not saying that all these things are not important parts of our lives, they are. But are they really the purpose of our lives, or were we created for more than just these things?
There is a story in the Bible in John, Chapter 4 where Jesus has a talk with a woman who has gone to draw water out of a well. This is a task that this woman probably had to do every single day, if not multiple times per day, and there had to be times she would ask herself, “Is there more to life than this?”
Think about it, every trip was the same: hike to the well, draw the water up out of the well, carry it all the way back home from the well, just to repeat it all over again. Well, Jesus asked her for a drink that day and she was in shock because Jews did not speak to Samaritans, especially Samaritan women, and she basically told him that he could get his own drink. It was at this moment that Jesus revealed to this woman who he really was and he told her that everyone who drinks water out of this well will get thirsty again, but whoever drinks from the water that he gives will never be thirsty again.
The things of this life, no matter how good they may be or seem will always leave us asking the question, “Is there more to life than this?”
There is only one way to find true meaning and satisfaction in our lives today and that is through the eternal life that is found in Jesus Christ because the water from his well never runs dry.
In John, Chapter 10, Jesus said that he came into this world so that we can have life and have it to the fullest; anything else will leave you wandering if there is more to life than this.
Josh Arrington is pastor of Church on the Rock in Pitt Meadows.