It’s not hard to find, or more accurately, feel God in the mountain-top experiences. But most of life is spent doing ordinary, repetitive, “mundane” tasks. Finding God in the routine of life is essential to having a living, vibrant faith in God.

young womanWhy do human beings fear nothingness? Could it be that nothingness is the ultimate stamp of valuelessness? If we die and our very person, our essence evaporates into nothingness then all our struggles, all our victories, all our sufferings, and all our loves are voided. “Voided” can be defined as: “Having the inner part cut away or left vacant with a narrow border left at the sides.”

If we don’t survive and continue to own our experience, our love becomes an unreal vapor — failure and victory alike become hollow. Our experience of living loses all potency if we end in nothingness. It is not the non-existence that frightens us but rather the emptying of the life-long struggle into meaningless nothingness. The fear of non-existence is a reflection that the experience of living must have meaning and value.

A skeptic may respond, “Not so! I can pass my experience on and help future generations!” There may be value to humanity when our experience is passed on. However, if all humanity is doomed to nothingness, then the sum total of human existence is nothing. The idea that our experience helps others and therefore lends value and potency to our life seems weak consolation if humanity itself is transitory and valueless.

The antithesis of the valuelessness that comes from nothingness is living life as a spiritual being made in God’s image and living forever. Being made in God’s image for His purpose gives life meaning and value. The hardest struggle to find value and purpose is fought when looking for meaning in the day-to-day, mundane activities of life. But if any part of your life is valuable, then all parts are — including the mundane. God has a plan for my life and death does not extinguish all that is gained through the experiences of living. Even learning to trust that the ordinary has purpose.

We claim for ourselves the truth Paul claimed, “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” (2 Corinthians 4:17, NLT).

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