Are You Looking for a Good Reason to Keep on Being?

Are You Looking for a Good Reason to Keep on Being?

Four hundred years ago, Shakespeare penned a speech for Macbeth, a character who needed a moment on stage to lament the meaningless, pointless nature of his own life:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Meaningless, pointless, hopeless.
Macbeth wrote off his life as an idiot’s babbling and of no account. Sadly, statistics reveal that a significant slice of the population would agree with McBeth in 2023, finding in their lives and their circumstances nothing that prevents them from numbing out or escaping in tragic ways.

Peter, Jesus’s fisherman apostle, reaches across 2,000 years with a life rope of hope that refutes MacBeth’s sad soliloquy. As believers, our life–our being– is awash in hope, not because our circumstances are any different from the rest of the population, but because of where our gaze is resting:

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 

1 Peter 1:13

A sober-minded hope does not waste its time on trivialities, but casts its glance back to a salvation established “before the foundation of the world,” and forward to a glorious future secured by the resurrection of Christ.

On what is your hope resting today? Does your BEING depend on a set of comfortable circumstances, the presence of a fulfilling relationship, or a healthy bank account? Even as believers, we lose our way and wander into a Jesus-Plus-Something-Else gospel.

It’s true that our lives here will end. Our bodies will turn to dust and all our precious possessions will crumble with time. These are facts we need to rehearse every day, and yet life is full of meaning and purpose because we interpret all of it, the pain and the progress, in light of eternity.

What does your life “signify?”
Are you convinced that your life can have meaning even if it doesn’t look the way you planned?

Our bodies will turn to dust. All our precious possessions will crumble with time. We need to rehearse this fact every day. Yet life is full of meaning and purpose because we interpret the pain and the progress in light of eternity.

And Now, Let’s Talk Books!

Based on a true story, The Long March Home puts a face on the part of World War 2 I didn’t learn about in high school. Jimmy, Hank, and Billy leave Mobile, Alabama behind when they enlist in the army with teenage dreams of glory.

At first, it seems as if they might be on the right track. Military life on the Philippine island of Luzon seemed idyllic–until Japanese warplanes started dropping bombs and ultimately prevailed over and occupied the Bataan Peninsula.

Marcus Brotherton and Tosca Lee write with tremendous insight to the depths and heights of the human spirit, portraying luminescent heroism and dark depravity, sometimes on the same page. Images of the brand of cultural Christianity found in the deep south, the pressures of growing up in a ministry family, and the galvanizing impact of friendship communicate without interrupting the narrative flow or being even remotely preachy.

With drama and grit reminiscent of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, the captivating storyline kept me reading past a prudent lights-out for a couple of evenings. I found that I couldn’t stop rooting for the characters to somehow fulfill their vow to make it home together–even against unbelievable odds. The Long March Home is a well-written historical novel that laments the parts of history we wish had never happened and reveals the redemption that rises from the ashes of loss.

Holding You in the Light,

A well-written historical novel, #TheLongMarchHome laments the parts of history we wish had never happened and reveals the redemption that rises from the ashes of loss. @RevellBooks @ToscaLee

P.S. Marcus Brotherton is one of my husband’s favorite fiction writers because of the book I reviewed HERE way back in 2015.

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17 thoughts on “Are You Looking for a Good Reason to Keep on Being?”

  1. This makes me think of Bro. Callis and his weekly testifying, “This world is not my home. I’m just a stranger passing through.”

    It used to seem humorous to me as a 20-something starting out life with dreams of making a family. Now I see that weekly reminder should be daily – maybe even hourly. This is not all there is! I’ve built my life on that hope.


  2. Oh, to put our hopes in the Lord. I have to check out that book. Although to be quite honest, I try to avoid stories about war. It’s gripping and heart wrenching.


    1. You’ll be in my prayers tomorrow, Donna. May you experience the peace of God as we all celebrate Mother’s Day in our own way, remembering our “why,” and trusting for grace.


  3. “Life is full of meaning and purpose because we interpret all of it, the pain and the progress, in light of eternity.” AMEN, Michele! A wonderful reminder on the days we’re mired in what seems ordinary, even worthless, in the grand scheme of things. There’s much to be said for the practice of perseverance and the fruit of the Spirit. (I’m still practicing!!) God’s in charge of the results.


  4. This reminds me of a helpful book I recently read that differentiated between external hope (things out of our control) and internal hope (things loosely within our control) in dealing with a particular situation. You’re right that where we put our hope can make a big difference!


    1. That’s a very helpful distinction! I am still reeling from a Tim Keller quote I read this week about hope: “If you’re falling off a cliff, strong faith in a weak branch is fatally inferior to weak faith in a strong branch. Salvation is not finally based on the strength of your faith, but on the object of your faith.”


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