Choosing a direction

A person needs a goal, a direction. Otherwise one could commit suicide right away. Because he ceased to know what to live for.

Then there is one big question: Why do the over 6 billion people live, that currently walk this earth? Because living seems easier than dying? Because they want to become happy? Do they want to be loved? Do they want to love? Do they want to earn as much money as possible? Because they expect luxury to bring happiness to them? Do they want to make their carrier? Do they want to found a family? Do they want to become famous? Do they want to improve the world? Or at least a small part of it? Do they want to exert influence? Do they want to leave their mark? Do they want to be remembered?

And what remains, when one achieved all his goals and none are left? What remains, when a one fails to achieve his goals? Does life become sense-less?


How can we be sure that the next crisis will not overthrow us? I have decided to give my life a firm foundation, that will keep me grounded in bad and good times.

I am a Christian and trust in a promise that Jesus has given: Everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock. The rain comes down. The water rises. The winds blow and beat against that house. But it does not fall. It is built on the rock. So he promises that a person will not loose the foundation of one’s life, if one builds on what one has heard from Jesus and behaves accordingly.

That poses the question what Jesus demands us to hear and to do. Some time later Jesus gives a short summary of what is meant: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Many people hear a religious prescription to be a do-gooder in these words. But in this they ignore the first part. First of all Jesus wants that we return the love that god has for us. But does god love us at all? Many people cannot imagine this, much less trust in this. But Jesus claims just that and even gives a description of this love: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

With that we are at the core of the matter: God loves us humans so much, that he does not punish us for our guilt, but rather has Jesus—his own son—executed. Since I have understood this, I can’t help but love god back. I trust that god has forgiven me through Jesus’ death and by this make the death of Jesus the foundation of my life. And god promises that with this foundation I will not perish.

Thinking further

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