Erwin Raphael McManus. Soul Cravings.
Only God can take you where you were born to go. There are a lot of roads you can choose, but one path chooses you.
One universal phenomenon I’ve discovered each time I’ve had this conversation is the reaction of those listening in. The moment I tell a person that he is insignificant, you can feel it in the room. The crowd feels I have done something unthinkable, something even immoral. Maybe you felt it just a minute ago: something in your gut went tight and a voice inside you said, Wait a minute; this is wrong.
Something inside tells you it’s wrong to say to another human being that he or she is nothing.
But again, the question begs to be asked, if there is a God, if we’re just drifting through time and space, if we’re actually not going anywhere, if there is no progress, why should it matter and why should we care? If it’s the truth, isn’t it best for all of us to come to grips with it, to come face-to-face with this harsh reality? Even if we are at the far end of the continuum with God on the other side, it doesn’t change it at all.
Atheist, agnostic, existentialist, humanist, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Christian – we all need to believe that somehow our lives matter.
There is a reason for our existence, a reason to live, and if we can’t find it, we’ll make it up. And if we lack imagination, then we’ll just medicate ourselves, sedate ourselves, intoxicate ourselves, indulge ourselves, deceive ourselves, or just simply come to the end of ourselves. Without a reason to live, we don’t even have a reason to get out of bed.