Summary: Life is not meaningless, we gain meaning in life through the person of Jesus Christ.
In college one of the jobs I had was working in a medical file warehouse. Talk about mundane, boring, monotonous. These were huge warehouses that contained millions of files from hospitals all over the San Francisco Bay Area. I did one of three things: I pulled a file for a patient in a hospital somewhere; I put the patient’s file back after the hospital was done with it; I threw out the file when the hospital asked for it to be purged. If you know your ABC’s, you too could do this job.
Each warehouse had rows and rows of files reaching over 20 feet high. It was a very quiet job. The many files in these warehouses super insulated the sound so that if person was more than one row away – you couldn’t hear them. If there was another person in one of these vast places, unless they were in your line of sight, you would have no idea they were even there. It was as if you were completely alone. There was absolute silence.
There were no windows, there were no skylights – just millions and millions of files. It was very difficult to keep track of time, it was very difficult to stay focused. I could be filing for six hours but think only two hours had gone by.
Most people would last about two weeks, and then they would quit, usually out of exasperation and many would just leave during the day and never come back. They would just lose it.
I guess they would just get to a point and see how meaningless the job was. It didn’t matter how fast one could file, there were always more files. After putting away ten boxes of files the shelves looked exactly the same as when one started. One could work at a feverish pace and it hardly made much of a difference.
If I take this file out, it is only coming back. If I put this file away, it is only coming out again. At the end of the day, it was meaningless.
Our Scripture from Ecclesiastes sums up that job at the medical file warehouse: Eccl. 1:9 “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again;”
Here we are at the end of a year, starting another year, and we could ask – what’s the point? We achieve this, we pay off that, we manage these perfectly, we realize what we have hoped for – but in the end, does it matter? Further, in this life we can lose what we have fought for, lose what we have worked for, lose what we have loved, and during those times life can look meaningless.
The British Humanist Association has caused a ruckus in England by running a campaign this Christmas on London buses with the message: "There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."
Isn’t that a form of Nihilism? The rejection of religious morality and the belief that life is meaningless.
Enjoy my life! To what end?
When I was a college kid in the San Francisco Bay Area I would drive down with my friends to Disneyland at least once a year. We would leave late Friday night and take turns driving and sleeping during the eight hour drive. We would arrive in town early, have breakfast at Denny’s and be at the gate at 8:00 A.M. just as Disneyland opened.