Meaning of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leo Tolstoy

“The meaning of life lies in two major areas: your personal perfection and service to other people. You can serve while you are moving toward perfection, and you can move toward perfection by serving people.”


5 thoughts on “QUOTE FOR OUR WEEK”

  1. From Tolstoy’s quote it seems that personal perfection and servanthood are dependent on one another…,inextricably entertwined like grapevines. A grapevine serves the purpose of producing fruit, grapes. The grapes are the logical outcome of the vine perfected in its purpose and identity. Yet the grapes are dependent on the vine to grow to perfection and the vine is dependent on the grapes to fulfill its perfection. And they are both in motion together accomplishing this.
    Here’s how I see it?? The fruit of our giftings are there for the purpose of serving the Body of Christ. “…through love serve one another.” Gal 5:13. Using our gifts through Love (Love being the greatest Servant of all, Jesus)to serve one another will help grow us to personal perfection. This is keeping His word and His commandments and His will for us to grow into perfection. “Whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in Him.” John 2:5 So service moves us toward perfection and the pursuit of perfection (and Perfection Himself)will motivate and move us to serve.

  2. That’s good, Debi! I like your analogy with the vine and the grapes. Jesus said, “I am the VINE, you are the branches.If you abide in me you will bear much fruit.” He also said, “without ME you can do nothing.” So, as you said above, if we are to do ANYTHING for the LORD it will be only by the power & life that we receive from the VINE in which we are to abide. Then we can do the works meet for bringing salvation to the people. And probably in reference to the quote that Sara gave…. not only “can we move toward perfection by serving people” but MOST PROBABLY, that is the ONLY WAY we will really be able to reach perfection…..that is by lovingly serving others…(and, of course, by serving God.)

  3. this quote made the words the Lord spoke come to mind…When you see Me you have Seen the Father..I and the Father are one…and Greater things shall you do..because I go to the Father…(Christs personal perfection Is/Was the Father and yet Christ served…washed his disciples feet….moving toward his perfection ..fulfilling that which He came to fulfill..(I go to the Father)…..(Im thinking out loud here)now go ye and do likewise into all the world preaching and teaching the Word)…..bottom line…Light and Life.. Life and light..serving and Perfection..Perfection and serving…. The Father and The Son….the Son and The Father….you cant have one without the other….dj

  4. I understand Tolstoy to be saying there is no perfection without serving others. Looking for meaning in your own life or trying to perfect oneself only leads to more flaws. Then we end up on the heap on the discount shelf!

    In other words you can’t serve two masters. You will either serve yourselves or others.

    We can perfect a skill or talent. Of course this would be for the service of others.

    Let us forget to much thinking about the serving and just serve as we go.

  5. I see in Heb 5:8,9 where Jesus left us an example of perfection and service. It looks to me that it also ties in with Sara’s blog on “Essay from My Journal of Pain” and Needles comments and questions following on “taking up your cross and following Him”. “…though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him…”
    The suffering of taking up the cross in our daily lives is God’s training tool for our perfection and wholeness which in turn contributes to wholeness in the whole body of Christ.

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