Life and Legacy by Kim Anthony
There Has To Be More to Life…
I was chatting to a friend of mine recently. He’s a fair bit younger than me and was expressing what I’ve felt and what I’ve heard from others many times before. There has to be more…
The thought comes in different forms. Is this all there is? Is there something else for me? It’s essentially the feeling of an incomplete life. Have you seen a child with a new toy? It’s only exciting for a time. Everything loses its sparkle eventually.
Now, depending on your worldview, you’d approach this ache differently. Many Christians would suggest that this feeling is a God-shaped hole. Secular views generally look to finding purpose in something bigger than yourself. The most popular secular movement out currently speaks of taking responsibility to justify the suffering of life. A very useful idea.
In my view, the best existential framework for life and purpose is found in the teachings of Jesus and the bible. That is, wisdom starts with God. Having said that, I think it’s naive to think that earthly bliss ensues this side of eternity. I think it’s wrong to equate spirituality with earthly bliss. It’s unrealistic and not what the bible teaches.
Here is quite a simple thought, from a Judeo-Christian worldview, that may explain this feeling of wanting more. We were made for more… Infinitely more. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us ‘He has also set eternity in the human heart.’ If it feels like it’s never enough, it’s because it quite simple isn’t. We live in a temporal body with an eternal heart.
In the movie, The Greatest Showman, the character Jenny Lind is a renowned singer in Europe. Jenny debuts in the US, as she expands her fame, with a song aptly named ‘Never enough’. She sings, “Towers of gold are still too little. These hands could hold the world but it’ll never be enough.”
In some sense this is the reality we all live. We live in one realm but our heart belongs to another. We belong to the vast, never-ending enormity which is God. The One who breathed into us our eternal essence and therefore what our hearts long for.
When we get this, we stop looking for something that doesn’t exist… total satisfaction in every aspect of a temporary life. It’s like a little kid looking for his tricycle underneath a piece of LEGO. It’s silly, it simple couldn’t fit.
Living with eternity in mind is a key idea in the bible. Much more key than living a happy life. The ultimate question that people ask, in the bible, has to do with eternity. But that’s another topic for another time. Today I’ll just put forward a Christian idea that I think explains a deep human longing and leads to a more fulfilled life. We were built for an eternal purpose… I encourage you to ask the right questions if you feel the tremors of eternity like I suspect most people do.