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A purpose bigger than yourself
Volume 42, Program 27
1/21/2003
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The idea of someone's "life purpose" or "calling" is intrinsically tied to his vocation. Mike Smith talks about why on today's Home School Heartbeat.

    Mike:

    Deep in our hearts, we all look to find and fulfill a life purpose bigger than ourselves.

    In his book, The Call, author Os Guinness says there are three reasons why American culture, especially, is searching for special significance in a calling.

    First, the search for purpose in life is one of the deepest issues of our experience as human beings.

    Second, the expectation that we should all be living purposeful lives is boosted by the many opportunities and choices modern society offers.

    And third, contemporary Western civilization is perhaps the first society in the history of mankind to have no agreed-upon answer to the purpose of life. Most of our non-Christian friends and neighbors believe in relative truth, rather than in God's absolute truth in the Scripture.

    "Thankfully," says Guinness, Christians know that our calling is "the truth that God calls us to Himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is lived out as a response to His summons and in His service."

    Homeschoolers must be sure this principle is instilled in their children. If the next generation of young people has a firm sense of their calling the way God sees our callings, they will have a decided vocational advantage in our relativistic society. And until next time, I'm Mike Smith.

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