Sunday, September 16, 2018

“What do you want to do?”

I've been enjoying reading Rocket Boys lately. Homer Hickam was a fish out of water shooting off rockets in a coal mining town. As he was growing up, and with input from his father, deviating from the town norm of coal mining was not without its moments of insecurity. The part where I left off today ended with him having won multiple science fairs and having been recognized at school his senior year. His day ended with him finally realizing his path was clear. He now was sure of who he was and what he was to do.

I was having breakfast with someone a while back who asked me, “What do you want to do?” Having virtually no experience with this person, and them knowing little of mine, that made this question easier than it usually is for me.

I want to change how everyone thinks. I want everyone to have an eternal perspective on this world God has made, how He has set it up, its future He has revealed, our place in it, His relationship to us, the new heaven and the new earth to come, and how we will spend eternity with Him.

The question is usually one related to occupation or vocation, but for once I didn't feel confined to answer the question in those terms. That was helpful because I still don't have a clear answer to that question in those terms.

I've had a lot of influences in my life even from before I was born with a pastor who was super clear on the Gospel and what it takes to be saved, Awana Clubs, being a missionaries' kid, attending Summit for worldview training, and getting my degree from a worldview-focused institution.

The Bible has a lot to say about every topic, and I don't think what God has to say to us has application limited to our personal relationships and our daily lives. I think anyone does well to accept the challenge to see what the Bible has to say about everything in their lives and in this world God has placed us. That includes church, state, business, education, family, history, geography, and any other discipline of study one can name or create.

I'm still looking for (a) what kind of job encompasses these things, and (b) a path to get there. It is taking me a bit longer than my senior year of high school.

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