What's the point of it all?

Ever asked yourself:

'What's the point

of it all?'

GRAHAM SMALLMAN

has some thoughts

to share

  

 

 

We have all said it, quietly or out loud: What’s the point? 

It can be an expression that comes from deep disappointment with the expectations we place upon ourselves and others. We plan and prepare; we expect and have hope; we anticipate a 'return on our investment'. However, and for whatever reason, there are times when we feel that the world is against us, and everything's going pear-shaped. We may even enter times of despair and depression, and feel there is no point in carrying on.  

Recently I was sent a quote from a friend: ‘Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path’. It's been said that the safest place in a storm is at the very centre of it!

None of us welcomes a storm, for we do not know what damage it might bring - but there can be a sense of hope that the storm may still do us a favour and clear away things that have clouded our judgments and actions.

Look at the Bible ...

In Ecclesiastes 2: 18- 26 the writer speaks about the vanity of life. He hates the toil that takes place under the sun, and the thought that all his achievements and investments could be frittered away by those who followed him. 'What’s the point of it all?' he groans.

On the other hand, St Paul in 2 Corinthians 4: 7- 18 records the storms that he faced and how he was ‘afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair’. He continues in identifying areas in his life that were disastrous and very challenging. Yet he encourages us not to ‘lose heart’ but to claim God’s grace to help us through the storms, which then can renew our inner nature and strengthen us to continue our unique life journeys.  Such a sentiment has echoes of Isaiah 61: 3, where we find we can offer and experience praise instead of despair’.

Personal experience ...

During the last 13 years whilst writing blogs and insights from the Bible I have often felt, 'What is the point of writing and sharing them - does anyone really appreciate and gain value from them?'

The reply to my ‘self-talk’ is Yes: what I offer as my simple ‘loaves and fishes’ are valued and appreciated by many, with or without my knowledge. I have found inspiration from the Lord to continue sharing points of interest and encouragement. I write as one author to one reader: when my articles are published, they go to the many, whilst still retaining that unique writer-to-reader relationship.

  • For a moment, think of times when you have wondered what's the point of it all?
  • How real are you with your feelings, and are you able to share them confidently with close friends?
  • In the context of faith, are you able to bring your frustrations to the Lord and seek his wisdom and comfort?
  • Sometimes it can be hard to understand God's leading. Should we continue what we are doing or change to something new?

In the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, all the participants would have trained tirelessly for many months with a hope of winning in their chosen sport, so fulfilling a lifetime ambition. There will have been many times when they thought about giving up, and asked themselves what the point of it all was! I remember then finishing one of the marathons I've taken part in and speaking to a runner who was very disappointed about his race. I asked why, and he said the race had gone well and his time was really good, but his disappointment was not getting a 'PB' (personal best). So he'd quickly gone from a place of success to a place of despair, where he lingered and remained! 

Think of Jesus ...

Let’s focus on the life and ministry of Jesus. He accepted the challenges given to him. People did not always understand his teachings, plans and purpose. Ultimately he was despised and rejected. But it was on the cross that he cleared a way for each person to be redeemed and forgiven by our loving Father God.

Through Jesus we are able to enter into a peace and calm that always offers an answer to the question ‘What's the point of it all?’. We can find fresh meaning and purpose to all the activities and relationships we enter and continue with.

Our unique presence is valued and appreciated by all our family and friends and those we meet. So linger in the many good places that you have experienced! Treat kindly the opinions of other people and remember the demands we place upon ourselves can include levels of perfectionism and consequent feelings of disappointment. So ...

  • Relax in the eye of the storm.
  • Embrace the clear pathway that has emerged after the storm! 
  • Don’t despair. Don’t give up.

 


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