In their lifetimes, all thoughtful people ask the same sorts of big, important questions:
- What is the meaning of life?
- Why am I here?
- Who am I?
- What is truth?
- How can I be happy and live a good, successful life?
Philosophers and theologians have been discussing and debating the answers for millennia. I will let you in on a little secret: The answers to these questions have already been provided to us by the most trustworthy source imaginable. Knowing the answers to these questions is not difficult.
Like a lot of people, though, I spent years asking these questions and trying out all sorts of different answers. I felt at times like the author of Ecclesiastes, without hope and adrift in an unfathomable sea of meaninglessness. But then a friend introduced me to a humble carpenter who just so happened to also be the source of life and the savior of the world. I found that, once I acknowledged the truth of his life, once I “believed in Him” (as they say), all the answers to my big, important questions were readily apparent. Instead of the culmination of a lifelong effort, I saw that answering them was just the very first step on a journey I never could have imagined. And so I became a disciple of the Master, Jesus Christ.
These big, important questions really are important. That’s why God has given us the answers in no uncertain terms. But maybe, like me, you might have missed them somehow. Maybe you haven’t yet thought even to ask some of these questions. Whatever the case may be, I don’t want anyone to take years out of a really fun journey just trying to get from the parking lot to the trail head. I want to make sure you start your journey headed in the right direction and equipped to see it through to the end. My purpose is to train up other such disciples, while I continue to learn what it means to be one myself.
Of course, as is true for all good questions, the answers require a lifetime of searching, effort, and engagement to fully live out their implications. That is all part of the exciting journey we are on together in this life. And we’ll never get started on that journey unless we take the first step.
This blog is a partial record of that journey. Let’s do it.