Living A Life of Meaning: Roman Catholic Beliefs Explained Speaker Ken Yasinski

By | September 12, 2019

(slow piano music) – Getting things in the right
order is pretty important if we are to make sense of them. Imagine if you’re going
to read J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, The Hobbit, but
instead of reading the pages in their chronological order, you read the book just sorta randomly, selecting pages as you will. And you start by reading
page 97, then 115, followed by eight. You turn the page a couple
times and then you read page 14, then 255, then 79, and then 154. Now, if you continue reading this way, jumping back and forth between the pages, not only will you miss
the meaning of the story, your experience, well it’ll
be terribly frustrating, anything but enjoyable. Why? Because it doesn’t make sense. Everything will be all mixed up. It’ll be all chaotic. But if you read The Hobbit the
way it was meant to be read, in chronological order
one page after the other, what unfolds is the most beloved work of classical fantasy of the 20th century. You have Bilbo Baggins,
The Hobbit, whose nice, quite comfortable, unambitious
life is abruptly disrupted when the wizard, Gandalf,
and a company of 13 dwarves arrive on his doorstep
wanting to whisk him away on an unexpected journey. They have a plot to raid
the treasure of a very large and very dangerous dragon. You know, it was the
first book I ever read, and I would still enjoy reading it today. You see, it’s important
to have things in order if they are to make sense. And so it is with life. When we don’t place our
priorities in their proper place, life starts to lose its meaning, life is no longer enjoyable to live. Everything seems chaotic and meaningless. But when our life is in God’s order, life is a joyous adventure. So what is the proper order of things? Jesus said, “but strive
first for the kingdom of God “and His righteousness
and all these things “will be given to you as well.” So, what’s the first thing? It’s God. What’s the second thing? Everything else. And it’s important not
to get the two confused. Because when God becomes a second thing, and other priorities
become the first thing, we lose God, then our meaning, and then we lose our joy. And our God-given story,
why we are created, the eternal adventure gets
lost in meaningless living and days turn into
months, months to years, years to a life. And there we find ourselves
a spoiled life about to die though we never really lived. But when Jesus takes
first place in our hearts, he authors a story with our
life that is meaningful, that is life-giving to others, that reflects his goodness,
truth, and beauty. This story that God authors with our life will be celebrated for all eternity. Mother Teresa said, “I am a little pencil in
the hand of a writing God, “who is sending a love
letter to the world.” My friends, may your
life be a beautiful story by placing Jesus as the
first thing in your life. Hey guys, did you like this
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