thoughts…

A long time ago… in a galaxy far away… I wrote a little booklet… my church used it to evangelize… that was over 40 years ago…

Old friends from our church found it stuffed in a book… being used as a bookmark… they brought it to me when they came up for our 50th Anniversary Celebration…  Here it is… it is probably the only thing I ever wrote that I still do not have to edit a word.

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THOUGHTS

for people who…

-have ever questioned the meaning of life

-have never questioned the meaning of life

-neither of the above

MOST PEOPLE CAN IDENTIFY

Most people can identify with the feeling of excitement you get when you discover something that really has helped you to get some kind of handle on life.  Especially when it’s in an area of your life where you’ve never had a handle before.

For instance… there’s that time you really got hold of your weight problem with that terrific new diet.  Immediately you wanted all your friends to try it.  Or when you quit smoking and drove everybody up the walls preaching the terrible evils of tar and nicotine and how easy it is to stop.

Perhaps you’ve been caught up in the return to natural foods, taking vitamin pills or some elixir that has helped you to a better life in some way.  Anyone who knows a jogger, has heard many times over, the glorious benefits of getting out there every day and tearing off the miles to cardiovascular fitness.

With others it is some religious experience, the new car they have purchased, a book they’ve read or a movie just seen.  Because we’re people, we want to tell the world about our discovery.  That’s what people do.

NOT JUST ANOTHER THING

I want you to understand that this is not what I’m doing.  What I have to tell you isn’t just “another thing” that someone got “into”.Most of us have walked through life with a lot more questions than we’ve ever had answers for.  We’re frustrated with our marriages, our kids, the economy, inflation, the government, our jobs, foreign policy, the energy crunch and a million other things that don’t seem to make much sense.

No matter what we accomplish, we never seem to really be satisfied.  We get a raise and it’s still not enough or what we’re really worth.  We get a promotion or build a bigger mousetrap but the elation of our latest success or achievement wears off and we’re empty again, wondering what mountain to climb next in order to experience that exhilaration once again.

Things always seem to be going wrong.  Everything from silly inconvenience and nuisance things,  to deep, tragic, inexplicable situations that only bring with them more questions and still no answers.  It’s almost like fate has singled me out in some mysterious personal way to crush me, my hopes and my dreams.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT

What’s it all about anyway?  Is there a God?  Am I the master of my own destiny? Is there some supernatural force or power or something that actually controls the universe?  Did this whole whole world just “happen”?  Some kind of cosmic accident?  How many of us have come to the point in our lives where we’ve said,  “There has to be more to life than this!”

Have you felt this way?  Do these kind of thoughts bounce through your head?  If they have. it means you are a very normal person.  It is designed that way in order for us to come to grips with the purpose of life.

YOU CAN KNOW

The truth is that you can know what the purpose of life is.  You can find meaning and reality.  You can know why you are here and what it’s all about.

That’s why I’m so excited and want you to know it’s happened for me and for so many thousands of others, and that it is possible for you.  You see… there is a God who put this whole thing together.  He does have a plan and purpose in it all.  What’s even more exciting is that God is more than willing to tell you about it.

I really don’t want to sound like I’m trying to lay some kind of religious trip on you.  What I do want to do is stir up your mind to think about God and begin to question what you believe about life.

LOOK AT YOUR LIFE

Look at the circumstances of your life.  Are you really in control?  Be honest now.  Do you have real answers or only questions?  Perhaps you’ve already seen the beauty and order of creation and know it couldn’t be an accident.  Perhaps you do see that there is some sort of supernatural force or power or god but it is all so intangible, impersonal and remote.

It’s not supposed to be that way.  God does not want to be remote and impersonal.  He wants you to experience His love for you.  He actually wants to reveal Himself to you so you can know Him intimately and personally.  I can’t give you a magic formula to make that happen for you.  It’s a heart transaction between you and God.  If you honestly search to know Him, He will show Himself to you.  Talk to Him, question Him, seek Him and you know what’s going to happen?  You are going to find Him.

WHAT YOU WILL FIND

What you are going to find is that you’ve been separated from God.  That’s why you don’t really know Him. You’re also going to find that in order to know God you must know His Son.  God sent His Son, Jesus, so you could be brought back to Him and intimately know and experience the living God, the way He designed you to know Him

The reason nothing makes sense to us and that emptiness is always there, is because we wanted to be our own God. We’ve been trying to run our own lives and God never intended for us to run things.  Ever since we can remember we’ve been taught “You’re Number 1″… “Take care of yourself”,… “Do your own thing”… “Be independent”… “If it feels good, do it!”… “Be your own person.”  That’s the opposite of the way God made you so it ends in the frustration of a life of selfishness and independence.

GOD’S DESIGN FOR YOU

God’s design is for you to let His Son Jesus run your life… for you to depend totally upon Him for everything.  That’s not a cop out.  That’s facing truth and coming to grips with it. But I really don’t want to talk you into something or convince you of something.  I don’t want you to settle for my experience with God.  I don’t want you to settle for some pat theological argument or doctrine.  I don’t want you to settle for saying some magic words or some formula.  I want to challenge you to search for God with all your heart and not settle for anything less than a head-on collision with God yourself.  He will reveal Jesus to you and give you meaning and purpose for your life.

There are people all over this area who really care about others and would like very much to help you as you walk through this personal search to meet God.  Someone even cared enough about you to give you this little booklet.  They would love to tell you more about the reality of the Kingdom of God.

Their name and phone number is written below so you can call them.  Why don’t you?

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8 Responses to thoughts…

  1. Tobie says:

    So how do I get to see the inside?

  2. Tobie says:

    Wow. Beautiful. What a blessing. This would have touched my heart in my BC days. Can I use it?

  3. of course… any way you like… so can anybody else… and… just think… no donate button… 🙂

  4. Bill Hopkins says:

    Thank you Philip. This is as concise clear as anything I know about that you have written. The clue that it is as old as you say is “energy crunch”. lol.

    Keep writing, It is something you can do as long as you have breath and your (one?) finger still works!

    Blessings, Bill

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