If you have no purpose in life, none of this stuff matters. The bottom line is, ‘The world and its desire (the values of this world) will pass away but those who do the will of God will live forever‘ (1 Jn. 3:17). God says that He made me to know and Love Him.
God wants His people first and above all to Love Him with every part of their being. The heart and soul and mind may describe the centers of emotion, action, and thought. The point of the command is not to separate them, though, but to join them together with every aspect of a person fully committed to Loving God.
Since we are told to Love The Lord with all our hearts, soul, mind, and strength, that is exactly what we should do. But how do we go about doing it? Loving God with your heart means to Love Him with your life. Love God with your heart by living a Loving, faith-filled, and purpose-driven life.
I would be silly to state fact! We here on Earth are searching for another life form??? Somewhere difficult to accept fact. From whence have we come and to where do we go?
So, I have tried to ascertain the world’s oldest person. (These days we have the web!) This way the most fascinating (or what an individual surmised to be amazing things can be looked up.) Yes! There is a limit to fact! But, I tried to find any ‘suggestion’ of an individual 200 years of age + and continually fail! Gives me something to search for! But why? Truth be told, does it really matter? My life is mine, what I do with it is my business. Yes! I can decide to be healthy in both body and mind; does that truly change much?
From one – Adam, God made every nation of Man to live on the face of the Earth, having set appointed times and the boundaries of their territory. Acts 17:26
LORD, remind me how brief my time on Earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to You; at best, each of us is but a breath.”
We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in You.
Rescue me from my rebellion. Do not let fools mock me.
I am silent before You; I won’t say a word, for my punishment is from You.
But please stop striking me! I am exhausted by the blows from Your hand.
When You discipline us for our sins, You consume like a moth what is precious to us. Each of us is but a breath.
Hear my prayer, O LORD! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears. For I am Your guest— a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me.
Leave me alone so I can smile again before I am gone and exist no more.
Referring back to the point of focus – Matthew 22:37 our Source is our destination! I foolishly began with my fruitless search for an individual or individuals in the century + realm. Bigger question, what is the joy of life then? Funnier yet, with youth, we run and move without giving much regard for the blessings or Source. As years are added, we become less mobile/lithe, what are we moving toward?
What defines “the joy of youth”? How is it different from middle age joy? I think it has something to do with the fact that there is nothing to temper it. A child has no accumulation of disappointing moments or fears of being tricked or laughed at. Happiness (like tears) comes quickly and sharply with no filters.
Our focus should be God, our Creator! We (each of us) were all created for a reason/purpose.