G – I – E – M – N – N – A
Wait…what? What in the world is that?
They’re letters. They’re out of order. They’re mixed up. They don’t look right as they are—they look like kind of a mess. But put in the proper order, they make a word. And it’s a good word. Shuffle, unscramble, rearrange, and see if you can figure it out.
Do you ever feel like your life is like the rack of letters in the game Scrabble? You have all these facets of life set before you (like your job, marriage, parenting, finances, friendships, stress, maintaining your home, fitness, volunteering, health concerns, projects, and plenty more) that somehow you’re supposed to unscramble, make sense of, play at the appropriate time, and score. Sometimes we stare at this thing called life, and no matter how hard we try to unscramble and rearrange, we still can’t figure it out. We still struggle. We still make mistakes. We’re still unable to overcome the many obstacles that tend to get in the way of any noticeable progress. It sometimes seems as if life is a rack of mixed up letters with absolutely no meaning.
Aha! If you haven’t figured it out yet…there’s the word. M-E-A-N-I-N-G.
Allow me share a few lyrics with you from a band known as Hawk Nelson:
It only takes one to make a difference
It takes a little to change
Let’s start today for a new tomorrow
Don’t look back, I won’t look back now
We run the race just to keep our distance
Our lives we must rearrange
Let’s chase away all our fear and sorrow
Don’t hold back, I won’t hold back now
Hey yeah, gonna find a new beginning
Lately tired of the life I’m living
Find a way to make a change
In the lives of all of us who need
To find the meaning of life
The song is called The Meaning of Life. Don’t we struggle to find just that? Isn’t it overwhelming to even think about making a change, finding a new beginning, or rearranging our lives? “Tired of the life I’m living” is a familiar feeling to many of us, isn’t it?
If you’re wrestling to find the meaning of life, perhaps it’s time to make a change. I’m not sure who coined the phrase but I agree that “change is good.” Change is where it all begins. I believe change—even if it’s rough at the beginning—is a catalyst for encouragement. When we are encouraged deep within our heart, we not only bring change to our own lives, but also to the lives of those around us.
So, what are you waiting for? Shuffle some things around. Rearrange and unscramble. As the song says, “Let’s start today for a new tomorrow.”
What one thing do you need to begin changing today?