Have You Said Goodbye to Old Lifestyle?

By Chengcheng

One summer evening, I wandered along the lanes. Watching the place where the sun just set, I saw the afterglow flushed the horizon. I couldn’t help but sigh: Another day has passed …

At this time, I recalled that a few days before, the fields were a hive of activity, bustling with farmers working hard. Even they were in the hot sun, it couldn’t restrain their great joy of harvest. They were busy toiling, reaping wheat, tilling the land … While several days later, the farm work was nearly done, and calm returned to the field again. I looked at the ploughed land, and a breeze gently blew over me, making me recall the past …

When I was young, during the busy farming season, I often helped my parents with the farming work I was able to do. In the scorching sun, every time I saw them working in the field in a sweat, I would ask them: “We live a cyclical life of tilling the land and then harvesting like this. How long will it last?” Smiling, my father touched my head, saying, “If you study hard, when you grow up, you won’t do farming work hard like we do.” I, young, took his words as the truth, and thought I was able to free myself from this cyclical life as long as I studied hard. For this reason, I studied hard … Finally, after growing up, I got a post and left the village as I expected. I imagined my life would be like the path under my feet—the more I trod on it, the wider it became. I also fancied that every day would be meaningful, and that I would not be like my parents, alternately harvesting and tilling the land, and living boringly all the life …

Every morning, with the alarm clock ringing, a new day began! I busily crossed streets, rushed around my workplace, and never tired of working every day. In the beginning, I felt that such life was very fresh and abundant. In this way, I busied myself in working every day … Until a still night, I sat on the roof, watching the numerous stars in heaven as if I wandered back to the scene of counting the stars in my yard when young. I couldn’t help sighing: How fast the time goes by! I started to reflect back upon each day that I had lived since I came to this big city. Calming down and thinking carefully, I actually discovered that aside from eating, working and sleeping, I seemed to have nothing else to do in a day. Each day I was repeating the life of the day before. At this moment, I remembered the words “If you study hard, you will get rid of this kind of life,” which my father said to me in the field when I was young. As it turned out, the so-called “getting rid of this kind of life” was just changing another environment and then repeating the life of yesterday. I began to think of myself of the future: to get married and have children, then to work hard like my parents to support my family, and finally to get old like my grandparents. It turned out that I was also unknowingly repeating the path walked by my predecessors. Then how long would such a life last? What was the point of people living? Suddenly, I felt very confused about my future path in life, and very sad about living in this world … That night, I thought a lot, yet I still wasn’t clear on it. Gazing at the stars in the sky, I could only get the response from the silent night and the vague feeling of emptiness.

Until one day, I told one of my friends about what I thought in my heart. He preached God’s gospel to me and also gave me a book of God’s word. I saw in God’s words: “His entire life is one of anguish, and rushing about, and fun added to emptiness, and in his whole life there are no new inventions and creations. No one is able to extricate themselves from this hollow life, no one has ever discovered a life of meaning, and no one has ever experienced a real life” (“The Twenty-fifth Utterance”). This passage of God’s words thoroughly explains the life of us men. Looking at us in real life, we all lead a stressful and busy life. For the sake of our fame, gain, family and children, we are all busy rushing about constantly, never willing to stop; however, in the end when we are dying, even if successful, we don’t know what the truly meaningful life is. We are just living an empty life like this and have no idea how to break out of this kind of life, just deeply feeling people’s lives are really empty. Although my living environment is different from my parents’, we all keep repeating the life of yesterday, and tomorrow we will repeat the life of today again … In this way, we keep consuming our time and repeating the path walked by the previous generation. And generation after generation live just like this, and none of us has ever lived out a meaningful life. Could people only live an empty life like this? I was unwilling to live a life like this nor was I willing to squander my precious life like this. But what should I do to free myself from this meaningless way of life and then live out a meaningful one? I started to seek …

Afterward, I read the following passage of God’s word: “If a person only believes in fate—even feels deeply about it—but is not thereby able to know, recognize, submit to, and accept the Creator’s sovereignty over the fate of humanity, then his or her life will nonetheless be a tragedy, a life lived in vain, a void; he or she will still be unable to become subject to the Creator’s dominion, to become a created human being in the truest sense of the phrase, and enjoy the Creator’s approval. A person who truly knows and experiences the Creator’s sovereignty should be in an active, not passive or helpless state. While at the same time accepting that all things are fated, he or she should possess an accurate definition of life and fate: that every life is subject to the Creator’s sovereignty. … So when people recognize God’s sovereignty over human fate, the smart ones choose to know it and accept it, to bid farewell to the painful days when they tried to build a good life with their own two hands, instead of continuing to struggle against fate and pursue their so-called life goals in their own manner. When one has no God, when one cannot see Him, when one cannot clearly recognize God’s sovereignty, every day is meaningless, worthless, miserable. Wherever one is, whatever one’s job is, one’s means of living and the pursuit of one’s goals bring one nothing but endless heartbreak and irrelievable suffering, such that one cannot bear to look back. Only when one accepts the Creator’s sovereignty, submits to His orchestrations and arrangements, and seeks true human life, will one gradually break free from all heartbreak and suffering, shake off all the emptiness of life” (“God Himself, the Unique III”).

These words released the confusion in my heart. We often say “Man’s destiny is determined by Heaven,” but we never seek to understand or submit to the Creator’s arrangements for our destinies, or see knowing the Creator as the goal we pursue this life. In our lives, we seldom practice like this, and few of us live in this way. This is the true reason why we feel our lives are empty and meaningless. Think about our ancestors: Which of them has lived out a meaningful life? We are doing everything we can to escape from God’s sovereignty over us and arrangements for us, and trying in vain to build a happy life with our own hands. The result is that the more we throw off God’s dominion, the more painful and empty we feel. So, if we want to break out of this empty and sad life, we have to return to the Creator. If we don’t know the fact of the Creator’s sovereignty over human fate, despite what the conditions are, we will forever repeat the path walked by our predecessors: repeating the life of yesterday and living an empty life forever. We are created by God, and all we have originate from God, and only God can make us live out a truly meaningful life. Just as God’s word says: “Because the essence of God is holy, that means that only through God can you walk the bright, right road through life; only through God can you know the meaning of life, only through God can you live out a real life, possess the truth, know the truth, and only through God can you obtain life from the truth. Only God Himself can help you shun evil and deliver you from the harm and control of Satan. Besides God, no one and nothing can save you from the sea of suffering so that you suffer no longer: This is determined by the essence of God” (“God Himself, the Unique VI”).

Nowadays, I have returned to the Creator, leaving my previous outdated life behind. In the meantime, I have genuinely realized that when I truly return before the Creator and let Him arrange everyday life for me, every day is happy and abundant!

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