Living with purpose: from doing to being

Worship on sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 at 10:30AM

“What do you do?” 

At my age, this is often the first question asked at parties and networking events, anytime I meet new peers. Naively, I used to begin most one-on-ones with people in the church this way. 

Our sense of purpose, and identity-through-purpose, is, for most of us, closely associated with what we do. For those of us lucky enough to have jobs that give meaning to our lives, it is here where we can see the positive impact we have on the world— our purpose so to speak. For others, purpose can be found in the role as caregiver to others (family members, friends, community groups), or perhaps in our hobbies (writer, runner, basketball player). 

As we age, many of these roles— roles that have so often defined how we saw ourselves in the light of God and God’s work in the world— are, gradually, no longer ours to hold. We move from an era of life where doing is everything to one where being becomes everything. 

And our being, we are assured by the Bible, is in Christ. 

What does this mean? What does this mean for us in our later years? And what can the being of others teach those of us still doing, doing, doing?

Join us Sunday as we look about us, at the great cloud of witnesses beside us on this journey. —Pastor Alex

"Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name."  —Psalms 103:1


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