This past Sunday night, we had our first Alpha meeting. It was titled Is There More To Life Than This?, and it showed Nicky Gumble speaking about his life, and how as he grew up he was always looking forward to “the next new thing.” When he was in the lower grades at school, he said he looked forward to being in the higher grades. When he reached the higher grades, he said he looked forward to graduating. And when he graduated, he said he looked forward to getting a job. At each stage, he said he was hoping “the next new thing” would bring meaning to his life. But it never did. It would initially bring satisfaction and excitement, but he said the glow would wear off, and it wouldn’t result in long term meaning. The reason is that “the next new thing” we set our sights on in our search for meaning is often just another a temporary achievement or fleeting experience, while we were created for eternity. To find lasting meaning in life, we need to therefore orient our lives toward eternal things, and in particular our eternal purpose.