Miscalculating Life’s Mission

The owners of a large motor home had placed a sign on their dashboard. It was leaning against the windshield, facing outward for all to read, “If there’s anything left when we’re both gone, we miscalculated!”

Apparently the owners of the motor home realize they can’t take it with them when they die, so they’re determined to use it all up before they go. They win at the game of life if they can squeeze every pleasure and delight out of what they possess, leaving a balance near zero when they depart.

The motor home sign prompts some serious reflection on the mission and purpose of life. One could argue that the motor home owners’ goal makes sense if there is no God and no life beyond the grave; grab all the gusto you can while you can. But if there is a God and an after-life, then this philosophy might just be misdirected and short-sighted!

As a Christian who has read the Bible with some degree of intentionality and regularity, I can confidently state that living for one’s self is not the purpose for which God created us. Most of us, even those who don’t take God very seriously, realize this. In fact, we admire those who have sacrificed personal gain for the benefit of others.

Another way it’s been put is to leave this world a better place than you found it. It’s difficult to imagine how a person can do so if one lives only for the benefit of self.

Life is a gift from God. We are all given good things of one kind or another and an unknown number of days to use all we’ve been given for God’s good purposes. This means we’re to be wise stewards of our lives! For me, a good prayer to pray is, “Lord, guide me to the right use of the time, talent, and treasure You’ve given me. Amen.

Jesus stated, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)


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