DEAR DR. GRAHAM: Does life have any purpose? My friends all say the only purpose in life is to have a good time. But I've tried that, and if I'm honest I'd have to admit my life is kind of empty. Is this all there is to life?
DEAR R.N.: No, this isn't all there is to life — no matter what your friends say. In fact, living only for ourselves and our own pleasures is a dead-end road that will never bring us lasting happiness, as you've discovered.
But God has given us another way, and my prayer is that you will have the courage to find it and follow it, because it alone gives lasting meaning and purpose to our lives. What is that way? It is the way of Jesus, putting Him (instead of ourselves) at the center of our lives, and learning to trust Him and follow Him wherever He leads us. The psalmist put it this way: “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand” (Psalm 16:11).