RECOVERING WHAT WE WERE MADE FOR

G.K. Chesterton said,

“Every man has forgotten who he is.”

 

Losing our identity is problem because identity reveals purpose (i.e. form reveals function). I can’t patch a tarp with a circular saw blade nor can I cut a plank with a roll of duct tape. The design of these tools is irreversibly tied their intended purpose. It is the same with us except on an infinite scale. If we don’t know who we are, we will not know what to do.

The good news is it is possible to recover what has been lost. We can find answers to the basic questions: “Who am I and why am I here?”

Formed for Good is a creative ministry aimed at exploring these questions and helping men recover what we were made for.

 

Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy

The world is heavy and there are serious people everywhere. This is because there are many serious things going on that require a sober response. What do we do with all the weight? I'd like to suggest jumping on a trampoline.  This may sound like an endorsement for denying reality and shirking responsibility. But actually the opposite is true. If...

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Get the tile on the wall

Get the tile on the wall

I have unfinished work. There are times I forget about the ant and drift in laziness. But there are other forces at play causing drag in my work.  The two main factors are equal but opposite. On one hand there is too much to do. The workload is overwhelming so sometimes I do nothing. Then there are times I work until the point of exhaustion —...

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Who are we listening to?

Who are we listening to?

Who are we listening to? Our waking hours are saturated by an unending flow of information from anything with a glowing screen. We have open access to all the content we could ever want and the content we don’t.  The problem is two-fold. First, there is too much. Our minds and hearts can’t contain the flood. Second, there are very few filters in...

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Value of a Thing

Value of a Thing

I read a story about a man who inherited a blanket. After his grandmother died and his family members finished “pillaging” her house, he went to sift through what remained. Among her possessions was a dingy blanket no one wanted. He recalled his grandmother had used it for a birthing bed when one of the cats had kittens. He took it home and...

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We Are Small

We Are Small

Usually we act like we are big. We give the finger to people in cars. We kick over anthills. And we use keyboards like machine guns. Also we act like we are smart. We know how to replace livers. We know how to build tiny robots. And we know how to cut apart atoms to blow stuff up. But the truth is we are not that big and we are not that smart. We...

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Fighting a Flood

Fighting a Flood

I was once asked by my boss to help fix a commercial toilet. The head maintenance guy was offsite and so they patched him in remotely to walk us through it. The instructions were coming to me second-hand. He told me to turn a large hex bolt attached to the water supply (there were actually two bolts which turned out to be important). At the first...

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Integrity

Integrity

I am an organ donor. So someday when I die, they may open me up. And I hope if they do, they will find the same things on the inside that they saw on the outside.

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Stuff That Needs to Die

Stuff That Needs to Die

Healthy soil contains organic matter, which is composed of things that have died. The dead matter becomes worm food. As the matter is consumed, nutrients are released that feed other living things like plants. All this to say, decay leads to regeneration. Jesus compared the human heart to soil. Some hearts are hard and cracked, a feeding ground...

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