We all have to live for something, but I've observed over the years that if our ambitions don't include a relationship with God, they will ultimately disappoint us. In all of our hearts there is a God-shaped hole. Nothing else will fit there, regardless of how hard we work at substitutes. If you're on a spiritual journey, stay on it. It's the best thing you'll ever do.
Nobody put this better than the American writer and intellectual, David Foster Wallace. In a commencement address he said:
Because here's something else that's true. In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is WHAT to worship...and pretty much anything you worship will eat you alive.
If you worship money and things--if they are where you tap real meaning in life--then you will never have enough.
Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you.
Worship power--you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need even more power over others to keep the fear at bay.
Worship your intellect--being seen as smart--and you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. And so on."
Those are very insightful words. The sad irony, is that after Wallace shared them, despite the fact that he was an award-winning, best selling novelist, he took his own life in 2008 while at the pinnacle of his profession. An eerie, self-fulfilling and profoundly tragic outcome.
Friends, God is at the center of the universe, but that doesn't really matter if He's not at the center of our lives...a lesson worth learning that provides uncanny contentment in this life, and innumerable rewards in the next. I pray you'll spend some time pondering that, and if applicable, re-center your life.