On the first day back to school after the break, it makes sense to re-center and re-focus. So at Trinity, there was a chapel service which began with songs of praise, reciting the Apostles Creed, and liturgical calls and responses. Dr. Matt Dixon, Trinity's Administrator of Spiritual Life, then did a beautiful job of getting students and teachers focused on what's important, on knowing one's intended purpose.
Dixon began with the analogy of using a boot as a hammer and how that is not likely to work very well, because hammering is not a boot's intended purpose. It's not made for it. He went on to describe what human beings are made for and he called on the school verse for the year to illustrate his point: 1 Peter 2:9 - But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Dixon spoke about the many things that people use to define themselves: good grades, sports, a job, clothing, talents, even being a sports fan(atic). He noted how "crazy" sports fans can be, using the example of Green Bay Packers fans sitting in the freezing temperatures with cheese on their heads, to watch a football game. And they pay money for the joy(?) of doing it. But while those things are important to people, as Christians, one's identity rests in relationship to Christ. Being chosen by God defines His people, as the Father knows what is best for His children and His children are created to "proclaim the excellencies of Him who He called us out of darkness into His marvelous light."
To try to find purpose and meaning apart from God is to chase after things that ultimately don't satisfy. Dixon quoted C.S. Lewis, “Human history is the long terrible story of humanity trying to find something other than God to make them happy.” So, living for him is how we were meant to live - it is our intended purpose. We don’t live for Him because we have to. He doesn’t force us. We live for him because we get to. What a blessing to know who we are in Christ and to respond in love to honor Him. May we not believe the lie that we can find our hope and joy in something else.