Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Having a THESIS for LIFE

Over the past few months, I've been thinking of my career, my family's direction, our calling, our responsibilities and our commitments.

One of the things that we have been created for is community. We are social creatures and we need constant interaction with other people for nurture, development, and growth. It is within community that we find faith, love, morality, manners, social norms, etc.

As babies, infants, children, we were made to be receivers and as we grow up and mature as adults and parents, we become providers. There is a continued spectrum from being dependent, independent and being interdependent. As we grow older we not only grow less dependent on our parents and grow independent, our maturation also brings us to a place of interdependency where we realize that there is a give and take aspect within our community and society.

And this interdependency in a lot of ways is a calling, responsibility and a commitment we have to make to one another (as people of the human race on a macro level) but also within smaller levels as well including, family, company, city, state and other levels.

What is the best way to achieve these goals? Americans have a funny saying: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This motto gives us an brief insight into the freedoms we want as well as the freedoms we want to ensure that others have.

Christians, especially those of the reformed faith quote the Westminster Shorter Catechism answer to what the chief end of man is:

To Glorify God and to Enjoy Him Forever.

It is this underlying "thesis" that provides a Christian with direction and perspective to life. A realization that there is a God, that we were created by him and exist to glorify Him and to live not as hedonists, but as "Christian Hedonists" as Pastor John Piper so aptly puts it.

When you have this "Prime Directive" in life, education and learning, as well as calling and career takes a much different route than if you had no overlying directive. Education, career, family, having kids, money, society, etc. is seen in a much different way than if you believe something else. There is a difference when God is the center of life than when we place family, or kids, or education, or career in that center.

So what is your THESIS in life? How does it affect the way you live? How does it affect how you interact with other people? How does this affect how you spend money? How does this affect how you decide about family? How does it affect your view of kids? How does it affect your view of free time?

My final question is this: Are you consistent with your THESIS in life? I've had this debate with so many people that I've come to the conclusion that most people don't have a working THESIS for life, and if they did, they are not consistent with it.

So what is it? And are you consistent with it?

Leaving an inheritance (THESIS) for my children's children.

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