Psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl noted: “Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.” The Scriptures long ago showed that pursuing riches and pleasures without having a deeper purpose in life is empty and unsatisfying. “A mere lover of silver will not be satisfied with silver, neither any lover of wealth with income. This too is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10 [5:9, TNK]) The affluent may seem to enjoy a life of ease and pleasure-seeking, but “even in laughter the heart may be in pain.”
—Proverbs 14:13. [excerpted: How Can You Have a Happy Life? section 2: What Do We Need to Be Happy?]
11/19/17 @ dusk
some things are black n’ white; somethings not so much…that’s why i need Divine Guidance…to accurately see/understand…life…and what compassionate choices/pursuits/studies/activities are worth my time. “Key” to finding lasting happiness…(and not hurting myself, fellow-fragile-life, and planet Earth…
“Send out your light and your truth. May these themselves lead me.”
How do we even know that there is a Creator?
Professor George Zinsmeister, formerly of the University of Massachusetts in the United States, believes in God and answers this question in a single word—entropy. He is referring to what scientists term “the second law of thermodynamics.” This law implies something that we all observe. An orderly system, such as a house, cannot come into existence on its own. Yet, our universe consists of countless examples of highly ordered physical and biological systems. All of this is evidence that points to an unimaginably intelligent and powerful Creator.
Why did God create us?
Creation was an expression of God’s love. As a loving Father, he wants us to enjoy life and to find pleasure in all the good things he has created for us.—Psalm 92:4 [92:5, TNK].
What does it mean that God created us “in his image”?—Genesis 1:26, 27.
God created us with a measure of his own qualities, including the ability to love, to be wise, to be just, and to be creative. He also gave us freedom of choice. When we choose to reflect his qualities, we make him happy. (Proverbs 23:15 “My son, if your heart becomes wise, Then my own heart will rejoice.”) As does any parent, God desires to have intelligent, reasoning children with whom he can communicate and enjoy a meaningful relationship.
What could we expect our Creator to do for us?
“You will certainly call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not gaze about, for I am your God. I will fortify you. I will really help you. I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness. . . . For I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand, the One saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I myself will help you.’”
—ISAIAH 41:10, 13. [excerpted readings: What do We Need to be Happy? section 3 Who Can Give Us Reliable Guidance?]
perhaps?? this blog is like soft ball (or may be?! i’m just a softie;)…with life’s unexpected events, you never quite know when: You WILL be up to bat…and i wanna hit it out of the compassion park!:)… (when possible)… don’t wanna strike out aka regret!… nor miss an opportunity to express agape love for fellow-fragile-life.