This is a truly significant word, think about it. Everything in life has a meaning and we seek to find it because our curiosity compels us to find out. What's the meaning of that? I was meaning to do that, but....okay exactly what were you meaning to do?
It is a word packed with promise, but yet it can really let us down. "I saw the way you looked at me, did you mean what I thought you meant?" "No, I was just thinking what great friends we are!" Bummer! "The meaning of what you just read is that you inherited a fortune". Winner!
Every day when I read a chapter or two in my Bible I have questions and then turn to a Study Bible that provides answers, usually. There are some times when their opinions raise more questions, and I believe that is one of the great adventures of life, we never fully know all the answers. If we did we would be God, and then maybe we understand the reason God did not want Adam & Eve to eat the apple.
It is the pursuit of meaning that propels us or dispels us with frustration. However, when we find that meaning of whatever it is we become enlightened and we become more confident in the process of how we found it. Confused? That's where the Holy Spirit comes in he is our counselor, our guide, our "go beside" to take us to where we understand what God is trying to tell us. He clears up every picture from a heavenly perspective.
Once he does, we continue to walk in that Spirit of understanding which clarifies meaning. Not always quickly, but sometimes slowly because God is not on our timetable. Monty Python thought they knew "The Meaning Of Life", but sadly omitted God from that clarification.
If we do, we will always be that person meaning to do something because we never understand what we are meaning to do.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.