Albert Einstein succinctly captured the essence of life when he stated that “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile”. This aphorism needs to be re-echoed to a world that is precariously lost to the pursuit of egocentricity and self-aggrandizement; a world that is ravaged by the canker worm of greed and wicked self-interest. But be that as it may; let me begin this piece by giving a perspective definition of what the notion ‘worth’ is all about
The concept of ‘worth’ connotes the intrinsic value that a thing possesses. And value speaks of the usefulness of one thing for another. In other words, the value of anything is the benefit it coffers on others. Drawing a corollary from this definition, one can posit that value is not self-serving. Its importance is measured by the utility derived from it. Now in paraphrasing the topic under discussion, one would say: what is the value of your life? How much benefits do others derived from your life? What utility does your life coffer on people around you? Apart from you and your close family members, how many people have you torched positively with your life? How many less privilege persons have you helped altruistically, knowing that they cannot repay your benevolence? If you cannot provide answer to these questions in the affirmative, then you need a sincere re-appraisal of the worth of your life.
When God created you, He sent you to planet earth for a purpose. Your life is not an accident; you are not a happenstance. You have a specific assignment to fulfill here on earth and that is why you are here. It is also imperative to emphasize that your purpose or your earthly assignment is predicated on the value and utility that your life coffer on others. Simply put, what you do to enhance the life of other people is the true worth of your life. But the ironic tragedy of our mortal existence is that majority of us walking through this terrestrial space, do not have the remotest idea about the purpose for our lives, and the need to serve others and live for the overall good of the society.
The late iconic motivational speaker and world renowned author, Myles Munroe, rightly observed when he lamented that “the greatest tragedy on earth is not death, but life without a purpose” During his lifetime he traversed the length and breadth of the world preaching the message of purpose, yet many are still stuck in the aimless ‘voyage’ of life.
My dear brothers and sisters let me ask you these salient questions: Have you ever taken your time to think deeply about your life? Are you aware that you are not the owner of your life, and that God who is the owner will one day ask you to give account of it? On a more serious note: what are you doing right now with your life? Okay, I know you are a businessman; you are even a successful professional and your work is what you live for. You wake up 6 am in the morning and get back home late in the night, working from Monday to Saturday. No time really! “You know one has to very work hard to put food on the table and provide for the family” you would say, as a defense for your preoccupation. Beloved, don’t worry, I can feel your concerns, because I am human like you, and I know all the economic hassles and the attendant desperation that we all have to go through for survival. But the pertinent question is: are these all that life entails? I am asking you. Could you give me a plausible answer! Don’t deceive yourself. You know as well as I do that in spite of all of these demanding life engagements and the so-called ‘achievements’ they portend, we still go about with a sense of meaninglessness and melancholy. You constantly have a feeling of emptiness that material wealth cannot fill. You erroneously believe that perhaps, more money will make you happier. But the more money you have the more miserable you become. Please note that this feeling of emptiness is a pointer to the fact that you are not in alignment to purpose. That is the bitter truth. You are simply existing, but not living!
If you drop dead today, what will you tell God about your life. Oh! You were a successful businessman or that you attained to the pinnacle of your career and profession. You were stupendously rich in material possessions: exotic houses and fleet of latest automobiles; just name them, you had them all……all that money could buy. Please! Please!! Spare me the tales of all your ‘achievements’ because your Maker isn’t going to listen to those craps. If your life is not lived in accordance to his purpose-to add value to the life of others, you have succeeded in living a wasted life! As far as God is concerned, you are useless to his creation!
Steve Job’s last word on his dying bed admonishes us about the futility of our earthly preoccupations and the hazardous craze for material wealth. Steve Job, a co-founder of Apple was a successful entrepreneur and one of the richest men that ever lived. Hear him and be wise:
“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.
“At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death. In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer…
“Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth… Should be something that is more important: Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days.
“Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love. That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.
“ Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands. What is the most expensive bed in the world? Sick bed… You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.
“Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – Book of Healthy Life. Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. “
Beloved, would you resolve today to live for others? Do you know that the good you do for others is your only true legacy in life?. Do not be deceived by your houses, cars and material possessions. They will all pass away! But the good and compassion you show to others is the only thing that will define the true worth of your life before God. Today is the day for that decision. Tomorrow may be too late!
Azemobor Gregory ( Apostle of humanity)
Is the international coordinator, Voice of Change Network
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