What gives your life meaning?
I know of a man in Vancouver who has the hobby of having his picture taken with important people such as singers, actors and other celebrities.
This man was custodian of a large church and assisted in working with US secret service and police when Bill Clinton was president and was attending an international leader's conference in Vancouver.
President Clinton was to attend a service at the church with his wife, and the man was needed to secure doors, arrange parking and look after many other aspects of the brief but important visit.
Of course, the man was very excited at the thought of having his photo taken with such a well-know individual.
Later, after the service – which involved incredible security including police marksmen on nearby buildings – the man was summoned in to the pastor's office and was allowed to have his picture taken with Mr. Clinton.
It was a dream come true – and, no doubt, this picture would be the "prize" of his collection.
We may think this man has a silly hobby; after all, he does not personally know the people in his pictures.
But, for him, he feels important, he feels special, when he looks at the pictures with famous people – including Bill Clinton.
We all desire meaning in our life and want to have a sense of significance.
Think about your own life for a moment – how do you find meaning and purpose in your life?
For some people, in may be wealth and possessions, to live in a nice home and drive an elegant European automobile.
it may be the pride of family and the knowledge that your parents and grandparents were well-respected and were successful in business.
Some people are proud of their education and never miss the opportunity to list their degrees on a lengthy resume.
And there are those people -such as corporate executives, senior bureaucrats or nationally-known politicians - who value their positions in life.
While it may be nice to be wealthy, highly-regarded and well-educated, we also know they cannot give us any long term satisfaction.
The Bible talks about this: "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver or gold."
The Bible also says, "Therefore, whoever humbles himself like a child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
In other words, if we are proud, we become self-sufficient and separated from the God who created us.
You may be familiar with this Bible verse: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life."
God sent Christ – who was perfect - to die a horrible death on the cross for you personally.
All the bad things you have done (the Bible calls this "sin") may be hidden from your friends and family but they can't be hidden from God.
Perhaps as you are reading this, you suddenly realize that you are putting all your confidence in empty things such as wealth or position, for example.
You know that one day you will be facing the end and your life will have been wasted because you never reached out to God, through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Don't wait! Today, while it is still on your mind, confess your sins to God and accept his love for you.
Accept Christ as your Savior and invite him into your heart – now would an excellent time to turn your life around and find the peace you have been seeking.
Trusting in possessions, education and position will always be empty, but trusting in the God, who created you and loves you, will always bring meaning and eternal security.