Monday, May 29, 2017

Turned Loose

This is the time of the year when those young people who have been cooped up in school for twelve years are turned loose on the world.  It brings back memories of the day long ago when a similar beginning happened in our lives.  These youngest of the adults of our world find themselves confronted with a bunch of tough questions.  Some may be asking, "Where will I go to college?"  Others may be wondering, "Who should I marry?"  "Where will I live?" and "What kind of work should I pursue?" are just a couple of other questions being asked.  The most important question of them all is the one not usually asked and it is, "What does God want to do with my life?"
This last and most important question is not necessarily one that applies only to those who will spend a life in some kind of full time ministry.  Actually, it is a core question for all of us.  What we do may not be as important as how we do it.  Allowing the primary values of the Kingdom of God to guide the direction of our lives is far more important than simply being guided by the lure of more money, or bigger houses.   Many people who are far away from the graduation moment live with a restlessness and anxiety because they never got around to settling that basic question about life.
The question, "What does God want to do with my life?"  may be answered by entering the ministry as I did, or it may be answered by knowing that whatever the pursuit of work, it is to be done with kindness, generosity, and service.  And while it is true that there are those opportune moments of life when dealing with some of its bigger issues are heavy upon us, it is also true that the question is one that is appropriately asked every day.  So, ask. 

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