Summary: Sermon explores three ways to make a person’s life more meaningful: know who you are, know what you are to do, and make the most of your time.
Three Ways to Make Your Life More Meaningful
Short sideline passes; long bombs, and sometimes long over-the-middle pass plays are common after the “Two Minute Warning” is given in a professional football game. Here game clock management is as important as yardage gained. Despite what transpired for fifty-eight minutes of quality football, the outcome will ultimately be decided in just two minutes of play. Experienced teams make the most of the game’s remaining minutes of playing time through well-executed “two minute drills” that are both efficient and mistake-free. Effective offenses train hard by practicing, and even choreographing their scoring attack. Despite a team’s best efforts many football games end with the offensive unit on the goal line unable to run another play because time expired. Fortunately, football teams know how much time they have to work with before the final buzzer sounds. Our lives are different. Most of us will never know when our time is up and the game of life will end. When time runs out on our lives and the game of life ends we will be asked: How well did we play the game?
Generally speaking, people are passive about planning their lives. Most people tend to go with the flow and like activities that give them instant gratification. For example, most married couples today spent more time planning their weddings than planning their lives together. Think about it. Do you remember going to the “perfect wedding” only to see the couple break up a year later. Our generation is fun and exciting and we do a lot of things. Although our career successes, world travels, and higher education keep us active and knowledgeable, they do not make our lives meaningful. We’ve failed at producing people that are content with their lives. Worldly success, fame, and fortune do not translate into lives with meaning. All we have to do is look at the sports and entertainment industries and see incredibly talented, wealthy people self-destruct on drugs, immoral behavior, and reckless living. My friends, there is hope. Fortunately today in St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 5:8-19, he instructs us about three ways to make our lives more meaningful.
First Way To Make Your Life More Meaningful – Know Who You Are
Before we can have meaningful lives, we first need to know who we are. I’m not talking about knowing basic facts such as our name, rank, and serial number. Knowing who we are means knowing about the infinite world within us. Knowing who we are means knowing what we stand for, what we live for, what we hope to accomplish, and knowing what impressions we want to make - it’s knowing what floats our boat. Ancient Greeks seeking advice came to the city of Delphi to consult the famous Oracle at the Temple of Apollo. Here the inscription “Know Thyself” was carved in the temple and it was perhaps the greatest advise that one could receive. We cannot responsibly act or find meaning in our lives until we get past this first step. We must spend some time and know ourselves.