Taking Charge of Your Life

Chapter 1 - Your Purpose

Looking deeper into your purpose

Dr James Dobson writes of the widespread disappointment and cynicism of today. Note the words he uses to describe the 'vast majority' of young adults.

'I've observed that the vast majority of those people between the ages of twelve and twenty years are bitterly disappointed with who they are and what they represent.'  Dr James Dobson

According to Dr Herbert Kohn, the failure to find purpose is 'the biggest single problem facing us today'.

What did the French philosopher, Jean Paul Sartre, declare man to be like?

'Man is like a bubble of nothingness.'  Jean Paul Sartre

Solomon, in the Scriptures, expresses the same kind of frustration with life we find today. He became convinced that life is meaningless.

'I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless.'  Ecclesiastes 1:14, NIV

He looked to the same sources for meaning that are common to modern society: wealth, wine, women, song, knowledge, and entertainment, but found them all to be empty (see the Bible book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 2).

In describing his despair, Solomon used a recurring phrase. On multiple occasions, we find the phrase, 'under the sun'. He says everything under the sun is meaningless; there was no profit in anything done 'under the sun' (see Ecclesiastes 1:5, 9, 14; 2:11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22; 3:16; 4:1, 3, 7, 15; 6:1, 12; 9:6)

It was not until he looked above the sun - above the material, physical things - and focused on the spiritual dimension that he discovered purpose and fulfillment.