When speaking to a friend recently, she described her brother(an agnostic)'s view of life. The only purposes to it were earthly, and the idea of anything being eternal simply didn't fit. Everything revolved around personal comfort and perhaps trying not to be a jerk, but since he didn't see anything beyond earth, what happened after he died didn't much matter to him. The more I thought about it, the emptier it seemed to me. If all we do on earth is all we ever know, life seems muted somehow. Without God none of this world would have a purpose and that just makes everything I do fade to gray as it means nothing.
Then I think upon God and His many promises to us, and that is what brings so much of this world alive. Ideas such as building a warm haven of a home, working to better the lives of the poor, spreading the gospel, raising children to love and seek the Lord - these all have an eternal purpose. Having a purpose and having a savior is what brings rich, vibrant color into life. And when I think on Christmas, I think on the Savior whose birth started Him on the road to bring salvation and the truest life of all.
This was written in five minutes with no editing for Five Minute Fridays over at The Gypsy Mama.