I think each of us wants to know our life has meaning, to know we are accepted and belong.

In a life that is filled with brokenness–broken homes, broken hearts, broken souls–people are searching for significance, to know that we matter to at least one other person.

What child  doesn’t want to hear “I love you” or “good job,” words of encouragement from his or her parents? An employee likes to know that their employer appreciates their hard work. Husbands and wives need affirmation from each other to have a successful marriage.

And we hope to leave behind a positive legacy so we’re not forgotten.

The rejection of God as the Creator and Sustainer of life, and of the moral absolutes set forth in His Word, the Bible, has caused people to look to false religions and immoral lifestyles in their search for meaning. Widespread acceptance of abortion of the preborn and the increasing acceptance of euthanasia have decreased life’s value. I believe the increase in school and workplace shootings is the result, in part, of people wanting to feel  empowered and important. In their twisted thinking, they believe this is the way they will achieve significance for themselves.

Our world is long, dark tunnel of brokenness. For so many life is without hope, without light, without God. Through His Son, Jesus Christ, God offers us a meaningful life. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) In a world of darkness and hopelessness, He can give you hope and light.