What is the purpose of our lives?
What kind of human being is worth being?
What kind of world is worth inhabiting?
“In our fast-paced and entertainment-saturated society, we don’t focus very long on the question of what constitutes a flourishing life,” says theologians Miroslav Volf and Matthew Croasmun, who, as we heard last Sunday, assert the following:
Without sufficient knowledge and skill to respond to the question of what constitutes a flourishing life, we turn to a culturally ingrained response: Acquire more resources! Chasing after more resources makes it possible for us to pursue our desires without questioning if our desires are worth pursuing. We resemble a painter who is forever concerned about improving his materials—the colors, brushes, canvas and easel—who thinks having better tools makes him a greater painter, but who never really starts to paint, because he does not know what he wants to paint.
Last Sunday we grappled with critical questions: How do we articulate a vision of what constitutes a flourishing? What do we use as our criteria for this vision? I invite you to ponder these questions and join us this Sunday as we continue this exploration. These questions resist easy, pat answers and by their very nature require the participation of all of us. Your voice matters and I can’t wait to hear from you!
With much love, Linda