By Klaus Döring
What counts: Faith? Hope? Charity? Very often I ask myself: What’s the sense of doing like and like that? What’s the real meaning of life?
Nearly every morning, we get up and hurry to work. We see so many remorseful faces of people as if there are full of problems that a smile to them is like a sunbeam trapped behind the black clouds. Yes, sure, in these pandemic times, many of us might have already forgotten to smile.
Whether in good or bad times, our day at the workplace or in the home office goes on with our colleagues, employees or employers. And leisure time is there, no matter how great or small our zest for life is.
So, we live our life in a logical sequence: day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year. Every day is a cycle of life: every morning is like a birth and every night like a death.
But how do we live our life? Often we can notice people living an easy-go-lucky way of life. Others feel good and satisfied when they can make someone else’s life hell. Others have to escape with their bare life while still others experience life-and-death-struggle.
What counts for us? Success? Power? Or money? Is it contentment? Peace on earth and in our souls? Really zest for life?
If I observe people who really choose to be unhappy even without any reason at all, I feel sad. Being unhappy makes life miserable. Whatever happens around me, I don’t like to be unhappy. For me, the meaning of happiness is to try to manage life even with problems and difficulties. Easier said than done! I know, I know.
The Bible states that love is greater than both faith and hope. We couldn’t live our lives without faith or hope: without faith, we cannot know the God of love; without hope, we would not endure in our faith until we meet him face to face. Thus, love is the virtue upon which all Christian faith and hope now stand.
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (20 April 1826 – 12 October 1887) was an English novelist and poet. Allow me to quote her, “When faith and hope fail, as they do sometimes, we must try charity, which is love in action”.
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