Is There Anything to Look Forward to in Life?

When you’re growing up, there are lots of things to look forward to: graduating from high school, starting college, finding a mate. You might look forward to having your first child, buying your first house, or getting your favorite car.

But there comes a point in time when you have those things and you start to think, “What’s left?” It’s at this point that some people start focusing on their jobs, their careers, or their companies. Or they start a new hobby or learn a new skill.

I’ve seen some people look forward to an upcoming vacation, a special trip, or an ocean cruise. Other people look forward to paying off all of their debt or finally fixing up their house. Some people look forward to losing weight or gaining muscle.

Is There Anything to Look Forward to in Life

Is There Anything to Look Forward to in Life?

Do you find yourself growing more and more tired each day? Do people ask you why you’re so listless, why you don’t smile, or why you don’t have more joy in your life? Do you find yourself going to bed sooner and sooner each night?

Is your routine a rut? Are you living on auto-pilot, just going through the motions? Do you do something daily and think to yourself, “Didn’t I just do this?” Is time passing by with little or no meaning? What is the meaning of your life?

Do self-help books and podcasts make you angry and resentful? Do you ever feel like you don’t have a purpose in life, like you have no goals, like no one needs you anymore? You may be wondering if there is anything to look forward to in life.

10 Things You Can Look Forward to in Life

This list is going to be different for everybody, but here’s what I look forward to in life:

  1. Dreams
  2. Breakfast
  3. Meetups
  4. Giving Gifts
  5. Lunch
  6. Hanging Out with Friends
  7. Going on a Road Trip
  8. Dinner
  9. Finishing a Blog Post
  10. Meeting Jesus

Where is the hope? I meet millions of people who feel demoralized by the decay around us. The hope that each of us has is not in who governs us, or what laws we pass, or what great things we do as a nation. Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people. And that’s where our hope is in this country. And that’s where our hope is in life.” -Charles “Chuck” Wendell Colson

Lean on Me

It was an unusually warm December night in 1998. It was our first semester at Kentucky Christian College and a couple friends from high school had come to visit.

Life's  Journey at KCU

After dinner, in the pitch of darkness, we all piled into my white, 1984 Caprice Classic, and drove out to Grayson Lake, which was a place we went to hang out often.

As we drove through Grayson, Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” came on the radio (we didn’t have Spotify back then) and immediately everyone began to sing along.

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow

It was one of those serendipitous moments you knew that was special, but you couldn’t hold onto. I tried as hard as I could to enjoy it while it lasted, knowing it would be over soon. Update on 9/4/2019: I had a similar feeling in May of 2017 when I went out for an evening in La Crosse with Jason and Ryan.

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

One of the girls leaned her head on my shoulder as she sang. I would later lose touch with her within a year despite connecting on Facebook and regularly seeing her brother.

Please swallow your pride
If I have faith you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won’t let show

I didn’t have a camera in my pocket, but I did have a VHS camcorder. We didn’t have YouTube then, but I later copied the tapes to DVD. I was a YouTuber before it was cool.

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

Sometimes friends we have are only with us for a time, like seasons. Despite being connected on Facebook, people can still drift out of our lives. It’s up to us to make new friends.

If You’ll Have Me

The living room glowed with excitement. They had bought bagels and cream cheese. It was a historic moment.

If You'll Have Me

Two weeks ago I had walked into my job, poured a cup of coffee, and been escorted out the door. Now I’m sitting on a couch.

As Matt went around the room he mentioned each of the team members. Jennifer and Joy were sales. Michael was outreach and product development. Marcella was wholesale. Madeline was Marketing. Madeleine was finance. Joseph was logistics. And I was IT.

“If you’ll have me!” I said, immediately embarrassing myself. Why couldn’t I keep my mouth shut? Turns out it didn’t matter.

I worked there full-time 6 weeks while I continued to look for another job. Eventually the job ended and I was still looking.

But the bagels were good.