Why are we here? What’s life all about? Monty Python
One of the reasons for this blog is to help me to continually work out my place in the world. My wife brought home a book from the library last week called “It’s Not what you Sell, It’s what you Stand For” by Roy M. Spence Jr.
Mr. Spence is a partner at a marketing and advertising firm in Austin TX and has worked with some of the best known brands in the world from Wal-Mart to former president Bill Clinton’s, Clinton Global Initiative. The primary thesis of the book is that you must figure out what you stand for, and align it with your work first and foremost. If you don’t you just bounce from one thing to another without ever making a lasting impact, individuals who don’t understand their purpose float from job to job or relationship to relationship. Purpose is True North on your compass. If you understand your purpose decision making comes down to one question, will this get me closer or further away from True North?
So I’m working on a statement of purpose.
So far I come to the realization that I view human life as absolutely sacred. Whether or not you define life with some divine meaning as I do most of you can agree that all human life is equally valuable. Let me be clear, I am not interested in a debate over the origins of life. Don’t try to draw me into some endless, pointless circle of creationism versus evolution or a pro-life argument over when human life actually begins. I don’t care! Whatever marker you use to define it; Life is Sacred.
With that as my starting point things like war, political oppression, murder, capital punishment, environmental degradation (wilful or inadvertent) the spread of poverty through preventable disease and just plain selfish ignorance are all evil! I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t also acknowledge that as a Christ Follower I stand convicted of every one of these things.
My heart breaks daily;
- When I learn that the average age of girls trapped in prostitution all over the world is 12.
- When thousands die as a Tsunami takes out coastal settlements in Indonesia.
- When children can’t walk safely to school for fear of harassment in Palestine.
- When millions continue to die of AIDS in Southern Africa because they can’t get access to life saving drugs.
But simply stating that Life is Sacred is not a purpose. My purpose in life is not to say that life is sacred and move on. My purpose is to live daily with that realization first and foremost on my heart and react to the world around me in kind.
- Help the prostitute get off the street and find a better life.
- Help clean up and rebuild after the Tsunami.
- Protect children from wars and civil unrest.
- Provide drugs and other life giving services to the sick and dying.
"The true joy of life is being used by a purpose recognized by yourself to be a mighty one." George Bernard Shaw.
Now that is a life worth living.