Do You Hear What I Hear?

Much of what we understand about life is related to our personality types.  In addition, these predispositions tend to remain stable over time.  It’s not that we don’t learn and grow, but we tend to have the same basic takes on issues over the years.  While we can develop new habits and expand our horizons, we will always have default modes and tend to return to those settings unless effort is expended.  It’s simplistic to say, but some people have a rigid approach to life that spans their reach while others are flexible on most things.  The point is not that either is right or wrong, but that the same eyes view all vistas.  Truthfully, we need balance, and it is best to have a considered opinion on things.   

I’m sure you have wondered how it is that beliefs vary wildly on ideas and ideals.  It’s not that you sincerely believe there can be no reasonable variance rather that you wonder if you’re even considering the same things.  Can my understanding of reality be so different from another’s that it convinces me of a totally different life plan?  Now, I do know that the “window dressings” of our lives are highly individualized, but are the things that matter subject to personal preference?  While it is humanly observable and biblically sustainable that people have different leanings and gifts, surely these are to be deployed in the same venture.  Perhaps, only the Magi see the star and others stumble in the night.

People are searching for different things in life.  In addition to the personality, other factors such as family background and peer influence have great impact.  Some will pursue vanished hopes doggedly while others throw up their hands in frustration over light concerns.  It is at this point that motivation is key.  Basketball great, Larry Bird, entitled his auto-biography, Drive.  Certain have determination in spades, and others only play Spades.  There will never be universal agreement on worth, but wise valuations play huge roles in life satisfaction.  It is sad for a person to spend energy and resources in endeavors that amount to little.  We want to involve ourselves and ours in meaning.

We can choose our actions, but we cannot choose our consequences.  What we get in life will be determined not only by what we put into life but also by the placement itself.  We are both free and condemned to choose.  Some see great value where others see dust, but individual choice is at the center of what we accomplish in life.  I can see what you hold precious by your actions.  How did you reach your valuation?  If your efforts in life are different than mine, I cannot say that they are less noble by human standards, but are they contributing to the great cause of the ages which will outlast us both?  Abilities and angles aside, in the end we make our own decisions to glory or discredit.

Some view life’s purpose as the fulfillment of calling.  In other words, their efforts come from a sense of duty and destiny.  Further, this constraint does not arise from within though cooperation and choice play parts.  This certitude can be true of many pursuits, but is especially applicable in the realm of spiritual endeavor.  By this, I am not suggesting that each so chosen is obliged to be a vocational minister, but that the sense of walking an ordered path may apply regardless of employ.  It is in the realm of calling that the chaos of choice finds calm.  The called seek not their own but the will of their Master as parts of a greater whole.  Some silent night, you too, may hear the voice of God.


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