“So, Diana, What is the Meaning of Life?”

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“So, Diana, what’s the meaning of life?”

He had edged his way forward so that now he stood first position in the check-out line where my friend Diana was in service at the register. Speechless, she stared at him.

On Tuesday mornings at 9:00, in the recreation room of DJs RV park, I teach a ladies Bible study–have been doing it for the better part of a year now. It’s a small group that ranges from 2 to 7 people. Diana, a beautiful, godly, tall specimen of a woman lives at the park, and when she is not working at Albertson’s Market, she attends our study group.

A few weeks ago I began a new series of lessons, in which I take an important world event, and from the Bible examine its significance, and from which I extrapolate practical and spiritual lessons. Last Tuesday, with the Iowa Caucus in mind and considering the election in general, I taught on The Search for Truth. For surely when we listen to speeches of the candidates, examine their records, hear their every nuance and strive to interpret innuendo, we are searching for truth–Who will make the best President of the United States?

The thrust of my lesson, of course, was that although selecting the right President is vitally important to us, it’s significance pales in comparison to that of determining spiritual truth, and considering the subsequent determination of our eternal future.

Since antiquity–from those with city street high steps, to the youth of abject ragged slouch, to that of primal jungle man, every inquiring soul has said within himself, “What is truth?”

Jesus answers: “…I am the way, the truth, and the life…” John 14:6

Diana thinks the man chose to ask her life’s deepest question because on her lapel she wore a tiny, gold cross.

“So, Diana, what is the meaning of life?”

Startled at the question–having only seconds to respond, for she was in command of the quickcheck line–before her mind could focus and drag words from her frozen throat, the man had moved away. And in the Tuesday Bible study, Diana told us of the question.

And I ask you today, “What is the meaning of life?”

Can it be more than Jesus, who is Truth? Can it be more than our lives and our voices telling the world of this revelation of supreme truth–of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I think not.

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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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8 Responses to “So, Diana, What is the Meaning of Life?”

  1. Kevin Hopper says:

    Sis Shirley,
    I think you summed it up nicely! Jesus is the meaning of life. Jesus is more than the reason for the season. Jesus is the reason for living!! He died that we might have life and that more abundantly!!

  2. Shirley says:

    Good morning, Brother Hopper:

    I am forever grateful to have been introduced to Jesus when I was but a child. He has infused my life with meaning…

    Be blessed.

  3. What a wonderful story. It makes me smile because I have asked that question to hundreds of people in order to obtain their spontaneous answer. Believe me, I’ve seen “that look” on many people’s faces…some startled by the question…some surprised to realize that they have never asked themself the question…some stunned into silence in a moment of fear that they really don’t know the answer. But once they take a deep breath, then their Truth is revealed.

    I am very blessed that so many people shared their Truth with me…I now share their Truth with the world through my book.

    I’d love to see the whole world asking that question, so please keep the question alive. I applaud your work.

    take care,
    Louise Lewis
    Author, No Experts Needed: The Meaning of Life According to You!
    http://www.noexpertsneeded.com

  4. Shirley says:

    Hello, Louise, and welcome to my blog.

    I’ve clicked on your link and read a bit over there, and your book looks wonderful. I will obtain a copy.

    Hope you return here often.

    God’s blessings on you and your work.

  5. graceMark says:

    Great post which puts a simple, yet profound, question front and center. The whole idea of spontaneously asking that question of folks around me sounds like a great idea for entertainment purposes and greater stakes as well.

  6. kikikaria says:

    I can remember as a teenager crying myself to sleep at night because I felt so empty and wondered what life was all about and what meaning it held for me? Thank God He heard my cries and answered them by filling me with His Holy Spirit. Who knows where I would be if not for the grace, mercy and love of Jesus!

    Yes, I believe you have captured the true meaning of life; leading other lost and hungry souls to Jesus just as He commissioned in His Word. God bless Diana, and God bless your bible study. If I lived in Arizona, I would be sure to attend every one.

  7. Shirley says:

    Good evening, GraceMark–Good to hear from you again.

    You’re right–no doubt asking this question of many people would supply a certain amount of entertainment, but certainly, as you mention, there are much greater stakes. Indeed, it is the question of the ages…and one to which we must be sure of the answer.

    Blessings to you and yours.

  8. Shirley says:

    Karen, around the world tonight, how many teenagers are in the same condition as you were those years ago? God help us to find them and to be able in some way to minister to them.

    Bless you.

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