“There must be something more!” It’s a statement I hear with some regularity: people dissatisfied with work, with their relationships, with life in general – in one way or another they express this feeling that they’re missing something. That there must be something more. Something more to life. Something more to their existence that they’re just not seeing.
Dr. Hugh Moorehead, a professor of philosophy, once wrote to 250 of the best known intellectuals in the world to ask them about the meaning of life. Some wrote back offering guesses; some admitted they’d just made up a purpose to life; others were honest enough to say that they were clueless. A few even asked Dr. Moorehead to write back if he ever discovered the purpose of life himself – if he ever discovered that “something more”.
I got to speak about that “something more” at a funeral recently – a funeral for a lady who’d clearly discovered it. That discovery was reflected in what her family had to say about her, in the “atmosphere” of the service, even in how she herself had thought and felt about the end of her own life. She’d found that “something more”, and it was obvious to all of us.
As Christians, we’re convinced that this “something more” is actually a “someone” more. What’s lacking from many people’s lives is, quite simply, a relationship with the One “in whom we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
Rick Warren writes about Andrei Bitov, a Russian novelist who grew up under the atheistic communist regime of the old Soviet Union. Bitov recalls how, “In my twenty-seventh year, while riding the metro in Leningrad I was overcome with a despair so great that life seemed to stop at once, pre-empting the future entirely, let alone any meaning. [Then] suddenly, all by itself, a phrase appeared: Without God life makes no sense. Repeating it in astonishment, I rode the phrase up like a moving staircase, got out of the metro and walked into God’s light.”
At St. Andrew’s, we’d like to invite you to join us and “ride that phrase up” as well – and meet the “someone” who is the “something more” we all need – the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.