Friday, June 26, 2009

One thing

In the movie City Slickers, three friends decide to visit a dude ranch and participate in a cattle drive. They are all at a time of personal crisis in their respective lives, and apparently think this will somehow give them some kind of direction. At one point in the film the character played by Billy Crystal has a "deep" moment of conversation with "Curly", the crusty cowboy played by the late Jack Palance. Billy wants to know why Curly seems so content, (i.e. what the meaning to life is?) Curly raises a gloved index finger and says, "One thing." That's it, no further explanation. Eventually, the characters seem to find their way, including Billy who returns home to love and cherish his own family (as opposed to his work, which has left him feeling empty.)

The once wise King Solomon also struggled with the search for the meaning to life. He wrote down all his thoughts in the Book called Ecclesiastes. His conclusion:

"All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God's providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man."

Get to know this God who created you (and everything else) out of His infinite Love and Grace. As you seek Him, He will guide and direct your steps and you will find Peace and contentment beyond what this world has to offer.

only by Grace,


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