You’ve felt that you’ve lost all purpose. You’ve felt this emptiness—you went to work, you made some money, and you stared as the world passed by on the drive home. Then you sat alone and watched Netflix. Maybe you went out with friends…and came home, and nothing was different. Nothing was better. It was a strange feeling: almost a cold emptiness. What were you missing?
When people lose their Why, they lose their way. You’ve had that feeling before: pretty girlfriend or boyfriend, making tons of money, yet…an emptiness. The Why was lost. Instead of pursuing purpose in Christ—to improve the lives of others, to love neighbors, to shoulder the burdens of others, to take care of those without family—one’s own desires were pursued.
And that’s the emptiness, because it’s just you. It’s lonely. It builds a giant castle on a tiny, deserted island, far from land, where the waves batter, and the wind howls. It’s magnificent; it’s yours. But it’s empty.
There is an African proverb that states,