Most of us indulge in things for which there is little or no value simply because of the way we feel at the time. The fact that we are in a world of time and that we must soon quickly leave this world should make us ponder on the value of things we spend our precious time on.
The society has conditioned our minds such that we strive to become perfect in everything. We hear stories of men who had achieved something great in their generation. They had lived for God and showed the world the manifold power of God. Although the lessons we learn from them are good, yet we often mislearn some of these lessons and live lives that we would later regret. We try to put on a show so that people can also accord us great honor and recognition, only for our work to be reckoned as vain because it was not according to standard. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15.
Sometimes we give to the poor because others are looking at us or because our reputation is at stake if we don’t do something. Our giving is not motivated by love but by the desire to save our face. Then, we begin to grumble in our hearts because we have “lost” something, which is indeed true because it does not have any eternal reward. What is the point of giving to others if our hearts disagree with us? What’s the use?
Youths are increasingly getting involved in immoral relationships with the opposite sex. They think that they can discover themselves when they engage in youthful exuberance. They sacrifice a lot of time and resources to sustain the relationship, which has no lasting foundation. And thus they discover, to their disillusionment, that they had wasted much resources and time, a precious commodity which cannot be regained. They begin to ask, “What’s the use?”
Many others, instead of developing the unique gifts they possess, seek to imitate someone else just because that person has been successful and the whole world has gone after him. They undergo many inconveniences just to become carbon copies of another person, only lament at old age about the negligence of their potential. They wanted to be celebrated by the world. They didn’t know that they could only be celebrated when he becomes the person he was meant to be. What’s the use?
Poet and novelist Oscar Wilde ended his life with great regret. Late in life, he wrote:
“I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or breaks my character; …I ceased to be lord over myself. I was no longer the captain of my soul, and didn’t know it. I allowed pleasure to dominate me. I ended in horrible disgrace.”Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrows Success
Death is imminent upon everyone. Although many people do not like to think about it, its reality cannot be denied. It then behooves us to live a life of purpose.