Why do we Live?

boylookingoverwater   Moses expressed in Psalm 90:9, “We finish our years like a sigh.” The Chaldee has it, “like the breath of our mouth in winter.” 

Seneca wisely said, “The benefit of life is not in the length, but in the use of it. He sometimes lives the least that lives the longest.”1 The founder of Gospel for Asia, K. P. Yohannan, wrote,

“Some years ago, when I was in North India, a little boy about eight years old watched me as I prepared for my morning meditations. I began to talk to him about Jesus, and asked him several questions.

‘What are you doing?’ I asked the lad. ‘I go to school,’ was the reply.

‘Why do you go to school?’ ‘To study,’ he said.

‘Why do you study?’ ‘To get smart.’

‘Why do you want to get smart?’ ‘So I can get a job.’

‘Why do you want a job?’ ‘So I can make lots of money.’

‘Why do you want to make lots of money?’ ‘So I can buy food.’

‘Why do you want to buy food?’ ‘So I can eat.’

‘Why do you want to eat?’ ‘To live.’ ‘Why do you want to live?’

At that point, the little boy thought for a minute, scratched his head, looked at me in the face, and said,

‘Sir, why do I live?’ He paused a moment in mid-thought, then gave his own sad answer, ‘To die!’

The question is the same for all of us: Why do we live?” 2

“Life is full of ends, but every end is a new beginning. We are continually coming to the point where we close one chapter, but we always can turn and open a new and better and a diviner chapter” (Philip Brooks). 3

  “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). 


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1. The Treasury Of David, C. H. Spurgeon, Volume One, (Part 2), Psalm XXVII to LVII, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA., p. 134.

2.  Revolution In World Missions, by K. P. Yohannan, Published by gfa books, a Division of Gospel For Asia, 1800 Golden Trail Court, Carrolton, TX., 75010, 1986, pp. 168 – 169.

3. A Complete Treasury Of Stories For Public Speakers, Compiled and Edited by Morris Mandel, Jonathan David Publishers, Middle Village, N. Y., 11379, Copyright 1974, p. 38.