One of my new favorite blogs, “In Ernest,” published an article by Madison Peace back in May on the importance of developing curiosity under the influence of a girl who took the time to stop and pause. Peace focused on developing, what she believes and I agree, to be “the virtue of curiosity.” I believe that the root problem of this deficiency derives from American society identifying as human doings, not human beings. This is something I’ve been learning at Impact 360.
At the beginning of the semester we discussed the meaning and implication of vocation based on our assigned reading, God at Work, by Gene Veith. We learned that vocation is where God has placed you in your life right now, essentially taking responsibility for your resources as they are. This includes both your potential for action along with the materials you may utilize in action. This started with the discussion of origin and what it means to be human. We are made in the image of God, Imago Deo. As such, our nature is not defined by what we do, but by who we are. Again, the difference that we are human beings, not human doings. This may seem obvious, and even shallow. After all, the act of merely being seems to suggest stagnate laziness as the purpose to life. On the contrary, our purpose is understood only after understanding our identify. Being is a matter of nature, while doing is a result and fulfillment of that nature.
This year my Dad selected Psalm 46:10 as our family’s theme verse for the year.
“Be still, and know that I am God…”
How pertinent! With Christmas at hand, while we’re entertained by the chorus of “Silent Night,” and amused by the notion of a break, let us recall this posture to be. This is one of the problems with the American dream. We’re caught up in doing, in accomplishing, in earning and thus deserving. Again, doing is all good and well, but only in its place.
One of my favorite songs is “Be Still” by The Fray, which does an exceptional job capturing this disposition. The Fray reminds us to be, and also to be still.