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Aimlessness

June 07, 2018
By Dr. Jason Song

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, said, "No wind favors him who has no destined port."

Many people live aimlessly. They seem to just drift along, going with the flow. That might sound like a cool thing to say when you're hanging out with friends, but that's no principle to live by. 

In Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the following conversation took place between Alice and Cheshire the Cat: 

“Alice: Which way should I go?
Cat: That depends on where you are going.
Alice: I don’t know.
Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

Cheshire is absolutely right. If you don't know where you are going, then it doesn't matter which path you take. In fact, without the destination, there is no reason to make any efforts to go anywhere at all!

Where are you headed? What is your destination? Which direction should you take? Ask these questions frequently as you navigate through life. 

The ultimate destiny for the people of faith is the presence of God. With that goal in mind, we can figure out which way to go, what steps to take, who we are to journey with, etc.

Aimless living is no living at all. Live purposefully and, thus, confidently.