Meaningful Life

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“Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke


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Matthew 4:21-22

Jesus walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.


Do you yearn for a life-fulfilling purpose?

In today’s scripture passage, Jesus had just called Peter and his brother Andrew as they were fishing and promised to make them fishers of people.

They immediately dropped their nets and followed Jesus just like the next two brothers Jesus encountered.

They all had a profession – fishing – that was sustaining them and their families.

What was so captivating about Jesus that made them drop everything?

They perhaps had never encountered anyone who exuded more authenticity and inner peace.

His mere presence was enticing.

They had likely never felt so welcomed, accepted, energized, and calm all at once!

Who was this man?

He undoubtedly brought them hope.

Jesus was the bearer of the best news ever: that God loved all people unconditionally, and that love was our primary purpose.

He told us the two greatest commandments: Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. And to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).

I also left my profession to follow Jesus, although it wasn’t so instantaneous.

While I was accomplished as a radio news anchor and reporter, I felt like there was something missing, something deeply meaningful.

Following Jesus seemed to bring me hope.

And when I did follow, songwriting seemed to spring out of nowhere.

A winding path eventually led me to youth ministry, music ministry, then chaplaincy and jail ministry.

It led me to recording four albums of original music as well as authoring two devotional books.

In all those things, I share the unconditional love of God.

How is Jesus, God, the Spirit, or the Universe calling you to share this love with the world?

Take some time each day for silent meditation to listen to your heart.

Centering Prayer is a wonderful practice.

Stay connected with nature.

Do creative things that you enjoy.

As Jesus also said: Seek and you will find (Matthew 7:7).

You just may live along some distant day into the answer.


Listen to the song of the day “Listen to Your Heart” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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