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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

An Inextricable Part of the Human Enterprise

What was your favorite Sunday activity as a kid? What sounds like an ideal Sunday to you now? (Serendipity Bible 10th anniversary edition, page 1086).

As a kid Sunday church addressed the question of how and why regarding underlying purpose in life. It still does so. In a real sort of way Sunday church paradoxically testifies to the idea that it is somehow inappropriate to spend all one's time on this matter. There is real and necessary work to be done coping with the chores of life and doing so requires dedication and focus. Yet psychological depression can result when underlying purpose is removed from the equation. It just seems to be embedded in human nature that to feel really good we must have a sense of overall direction or have, in other words, core values. A fundamental sense of happiness, well-being, and peace depends upon this. The reason for this is beyond my skills to explain. I just know it is true for me and many others I have known. I have heard this need referred to as the "God vacuum"--there is a part of us that is incomplete when we are at a loss to explain why we are here or to identify the fundamental direction of our lives. Somehow this need for steady bearing seems, as much as doing our daily chores, to be an inextricable part of the human enterprise.

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