Loss Of Purpose

Q. Recently, I feel like I’ve lost my sense of purpose. Since I believe the Lord’s return is right around the corner, maintaining my current schedule seems pointless to me. I spend most of my time either working or studying – and it kills me to know that I could be spending this time with my family. I’ve talked to my wife about this, and she believes that I should continue doing what I have been doing, in case the end is not as close as I think. What’s your opinion?

A. I agree that it’s hard to stay focused on the things of this world when we know the next one is is getting closer every day. I also agree with your wife, but not because I’m unsure about the end being near. Jesus said not to worry about the future (Matt. 6:34), but I don’t think there’s anything in the Bible that supports sitting back and waiting for the Lord to come for us. I believe we’re supposed to be doing the work He has called us to do when He does comes.

The loss of purpose you’re feeling may be due to fatigue. Perhaps you’re trying to do too much all at once. You might think about placing less emphasis on a future that most likely won’t come, and devoting your time to things that are important today. One of those things is working to support your family. Paul said a man who doesn’t support his family has denied his faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1 Tim. 5:8).

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