Finding Meaning … In a World Chasing the Wind
Viktor Frankl, was a highly respected psychiatrist in his native Austria when he was arrested and sent to the notorious German concentration camps during World War 2. Against all odds, he survived. In his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Frankl recounts his experience in the death camps and the observation that in spite of all the torment, it was possible for spiritual life to deepen. Those around him who did not lose their sense of meaning and purpose in life were able to survive much longer than those who gave up hope.
A meaningful life connects people to a larger sense of purpose and value and makes a positive contribution not only to our personal and spiritual growth, but also to society in general.
The book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible is filled with practical and spiritual wisdom about life. The author honestly addresses the futility of chasing after money, status and pleasure to find fulfillment and purpose. It is useless and hollow and hard to grasp, like
chasing the wind. Instead, true meaning and significance can only be found as we “fear God and keep His commandments” (Eccl. 12:13). Knowledge, relationships, work and pleasure have value but are only temporal and must be seen in light of that which is eternal; our relationship with Jesus.
Join us at North Park as we explore this theme a little further and launch 2021 with the message series, Finding Meaning … In a World Chasing the Wind.