I am a man in search of Wisdom. In these times of sensory overload and information gluttony, it’s more important, now than ever, to be able to separate the critical from the trivial, the necessary from the superfluous, the helpful from what hinders. Our time of being counted amongst the living is short, and so if we are going to make the best use of the time we’ve been given, we need to understand what really matters in life so that we know what we ought to focus on. What should we doing with this precious resource we have called time?
I believe this idea of stewarding our time will be one of the key themes that defines my generation and the next. The amount of information has increased. The amount of opportunities has increased. With social networking the amount of our contacts and acquaintances has increased. There are more channels on your TV, more blogs to read, more twitterers to follow, more restaurants to try, more reviews to read, more tools to acquire, more guru’s to listen to, and more programs promising just the change you need. But not one second has been added to anyone’s day. We are entangled in a jungle of products, services, and voices that are each crying out for our attention. Who should we listen to? At the end of the day what really matters?
This cacophonous jungle of possibilities is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Exciting because of the hope of accomplishing more good than any past generation. Terrifying, because I fear wrestling in this web of opportunity might render us immobile for lack of ever being able to be deeply committed and rooted to anything of substance. The bible describes a life that is not rooted in substance as a chasing after the wind. If we merely run after wherever the wind blows in time we’ll discover that we’ve gone nowhere and don’t have anything to show for it. But if we are rooted and established in the purposes for which we were created, then I believe we’ve begun to walk on a meaningful path. And so my hope is that this blog would be a journey on that path of wisdom.
However, this is not a blind wandering. On the contrary, I travel in light of what God has already revealed. A wise man, after a long journey in life of trying just about all that life promises will bring lasting fulfillment; excelling in work, throwing lavish parties, engaging in romantic relationships, increasing in fame and renown, and having untold riches; after seeing the pleasures of all these things he had this to say:
“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
This is the soil that I desire to be rooted in, for the scripture says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The orientation in my journey begins in faith. Not blind faith, but faith in the God that created me and will judge the earth. Faith in the God that still cares about me and desires good for me. Faith in the God that has demonstrated his love for me in the gracious act of sacrificing his Son Jesus for my sake, to take away the evil in my heart, that I might now seek what truly has substance, avoiding the fate of the wind chasers of the world, and having a real hope that goes beyond the grave.