Worldviews

Worldview refers to the framework of ideas and beliefs through which an individual interprets the world around them and interacts with others. According to James Sire (2010) in his popular text, the Universe Next Door, some examples of worldviews include; theism, deism, naturalism or, humanism, nihilism, existentialism and so on. Most people don’t stop to think about their worldview, they just do and do and do, and, this creates a lot of do-do in everyone’s lives. A simple way to examine one’s worldview is to answer these three questions. Who am I? Why am I here? And what is my purpose?

Here are a couple of real life examples of a persistent and unfortunate trend in worldviews I call, narcissistic nihilism; M-TV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen Birthday, and Sons of Hollywood. Spelling, Stewart and Weintraup are Hollywood rich kids without a cause. To be sure, money is not associated with brains and spirit. Classic fools, they certainly entertain us. They do indeed cause us to laugh. I don’t think they realize they are the joke.

In another life, I was a recording engineer/producer. I launched a small vanity record label in the 70’s and owned a 24 Track recording studio. I was full of ambition, arrogance, proud and foolish. So, I know where these guys are coming from. I was someone just like them. Interestingly, while recording tracks “the artists,” I use that phrase loosely, would quip, “more me,” meaning turn me up in the monitors. Imagine five members of a band all asking to be louder. That’s because, it’s all about “me”. Seems these days just about everyone is looking for their next MTV “get rich quick” reality show deal. Everyone has a CD coming out party too. The “more me” culture.

The problem with narcissistic nihilism as a worldview is that one loves themselves so much they actually self destruct. They love themselves to death. I lost a lot of friends in the music business just this way. You don’t have to be in the entertainment business to experience narcissistic nihilism. Every field of endeavor has its traps. Here’s how it starts. Pride, control, self-confidence through self help ideology that plant seeds of vain imaginations. Believing man is god.

Truth is, you can’t believe what you hear, see or read anymore. Most especially with regard to advertising, music and entertainment news media. Take, for instance, music; there was a time in the “old school” analog days, integrity was held in check by the limitation of the technology. An artist had to overdub their vocals, for instance, or whatever tracks until they hit that note or riff and then the whole control room erupted with applause. These days, the Pro-Tools days, where technology rules, you just point and click to the pitch and there you go! Victoria’s Secret women are air brushed to perfection with Photoshop and, let’s face it, entertainment news is NOT news.

I believe that the Sons of Hollywood and the many people who want to be just like them are really lost souls. They think they know who they are. Do you know who you are?

Post your comments and Christian worldview here.
God bless

Comments:
IROC
October 13th, 2008 at 8:00 pm

I am so intrigued by the thought of what the world is today…what it was years ago…and where it will be in ten years. What will people be like…more selfish? humbled? angry? I can only pray that as Christians, we can have a positive effect in the lives of these people whose interest is only in themselves.
When evaluating my own life, I am quickly pushed flat on my face and shown that I am not the perfect picture of humility or “Christ-likeness”. How can I change? Have I merely been trying the quick-fix methods? If so, I guess I must search deeper to change the core of who I am and how I live. I have something greater to live for (spreading Christ’s love), and yet I still continually live for myself. “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” – Philippians 1:21 I can only pray that I can live like Christ lived and die, gaining the inheritance of life in the kingdom of God.

cetacea
October 18th, 2008 at 11:02 pm
Do you know who you are? Why you are here? And what your purpose for being is?
These questions above had had a great many effect on my life. I first began looking into the specific answers to these questions when I was in High School. The answers then were much different than they are today.
Here is what I believe now: My purpose is a journey; it’s impossible for me to say I know where I am going and why. There are always detours in life, and those detours are permitted and necessary to follow. My purpose is to minister to the needs of those I encounter along my detours and through my path. As for the other two questions: I am a servant, and I am here to serve. Attitude is what counts, regardless of experience or rank; the mere fact that I believe I can make a difference can do just that.

CHACHA
October 20th, 2008 at 12:08 am
I believe I am here to be a servant of the Lord and carry his message to those that he sends to me in whatever capacity that maybe. I am here to learn as well as teach and everyday provides me with the opportunity for both and I feel an immense amount of gratitude for knowing this is my purpose and my mission.
FishyFishy
November 6th, 2008 at 9:13 pm
Leadership in today’s work place requires wisdom. I think of Solomon and the OT judges who had to determine how they would decide the implications of God’s laws and how to apply them. Clearly, God asks us to turn to him for wisdom. He has devoted an entire book of the Bible to the topic of wisdom through Proverbs which begins by stating, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7)” And yet God cautions us against becoming haughty about our wisdom. Humility is appropriate in our walk. The enemy is keen and cunning able to steal our witness through an arrogant spirit and so it is important to seek not only wisdom but also humility so that we are effective for the King.
Whether we are emergent or assigned leaders in our organizations, it is imperative that our walk aligns with our talk. One day we will meet the one who made our hands and feet and account for what we have done.

Sapper
November 15th, 2008 at 12:40 pm
Even the Glitz and glam has affected the manufacturing arena. Like Sheep, it is easier to subscribe to “Six Sigma”, Lean, TQM, ISO ##### or whatever. The guys that worked these then became “overnight geniuses. Then, whenever the “prophet” spoke (Welch, Bossidy, Ebbers, etc) it HAD to be gospel. People stop taking the time to evaluate and search the pitfalls. That’s where you get the Enron’s, WorldCom and whatever. These are all businesses “on the right track” but they were headed to a wrong destination. Like the M TV shows, now, some of the initiatives, are looked at in disgust, or worse yet, a joke.

MNM
November 30th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
From a new leadership paradigm, I think that MTV and secular reality shows are doing a real disservice to their shareholders and their audience. They portray the image of a me-centered, self-indulgent, materialistic world and claim that standard to be acceptable. In that sense, there is no reason for the CEO or the employees of the company to set a higher standard, acting within the shareholders’ best interest, as it bears no relevance to the image of the company, nor does a new paradigm reflect the value system that the company is portraying.
Personally, I would say that the benefits to portraying this image definitely do not outweigh the risks. As we saw from Enron, the secular, cut-throat companies eventually run out of steam and in order to survive, they are forced to lie, cheat, and steal to make money. Ultimately, that is the image that the reality series are portraying in the people who are on the program, and the more provocative and breathtaking the scene, the more the culture thrives on it. My contention is that eventually this image will catch up to them and the truth will be revealed.
As to where truth can be found, there is one source of truth and that is through the trinity. Jesus stated in John 18:37 that He had come into the world “to testify to the truth.” John 14:6 explains that Jesus identified Himself as “the way, the truth, and the life.” 2 Thes 2:13 says, “God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the spirit and the belief in truth,” which means that salvation is a result in people’s belief in the true claims of God. Also, John 17:17 says “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” In the scripture, God clearly reveals the true claims of His character and He expects His people to willing choose a better life. Reality TV, therefore, from God’s perspective, would be the farthest thing from “reality” and is essentially robbing people of finding a better way.

kd
December 8th, 2008 at 9:18 pm
To quote John Eldridge from his book Wild at Heart (2001), “They thought that becoming a Christian would somehow end their troubles, or at least reduce them considerably. No one ever told them they were being moved to the front lines, and they seem genuinely shocked at the fact that they’ve been shot at. Hello? That’s what happens in war”. I think this prefaces well the point that I would suggest adding a 4th question to the requirements for determining one’s world view. This question is – how does one deal with the concept of evil?
As Christian Theists it is certainly no joke that we indeed have an active enemy who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1Peter 5:8, NIV). Yet we are not to fear evil, but God. However, post modernistic pluralists have a difficult time with the concept of evil and prefer to blame bad things on the contextual human social condition with no thought given to a real scheming being that works to “only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10, NIV). The neo-evolutionist, for example, is at quite a disadvantage because by failing to accept the apodictic truth of intelligent design they certainly cannot grasp that they have an invisible enemy, even of their souls.

dt
December 13th, 2008 at 12:05 pm
The scandals at Enron, Tyco, and WorldCom put a glaring spotlight on unethical behavior in the business community. Business schools are increasingly placing an ethics class into the curriculum, but individual courses such as accounting, finance and economics are taught from a ‘values neutral’ perspective. Accountants, finance majors and economists will face ethical decision points each day in their career. It is incumbent upon business schools to weave ethical decision-making into all classes
John Stapleford (1999) discusses the implications of the legacy of ‘ethics neutral’ teaching of economic theory in Christian Ethics and the Teaching of Introductory Economics. Stapleford writes that while all the widely used texts on introductory economics purport to be ‘value free’ and lead students to think that “economics and ethics are distinct”. Far from being ‘value free’ these textbooks “rest upon very explicit ethical positions”.
Stapleford writes that the students would benefit from examining these ethical issues in conjunction with their studies rather than being left with the impression that ethics and economics are separate studies. He cites research that shows that compared to students in other fields, economists are
“more likely to disregard the well-being of others, to be unconcerned with fairness in decision making and to ‘look out for number one.’ More disturbing, these attitudes are not simply a result of self-selection by subject. Preliminary evidence indicates that training in economics plays a causal role. Students completing an introductory course in mainstream economics were far more likely to be less honest at the semester’s end than were students completing a course in astronomy.”

David
February 26th, 2009 at 9:14 pm
“When the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate (Genesis 3:6).” It is remarkable how people continue to fall for this age old deception.
In spite of all the evidence of the benefits of collaborative work teams, side-by-side leadership and servant leadership, the predominant leadership philosophy still seems to be guided by self interest. Adam Smith’s theory that “in competition, individual ambition serves the common good,” appeals to individual vanity in much the same way that Satan tempted Eve.

Dave Rodenbeck
February 26th, 2009 at 11:52 pm
I feel that in an imperfect society like ours we cannot follow a perfect economic model. Henceforth, we must follow an economic model like competition which is responsive to whom we really are.

Nickname
February 27th, 2009 at 2:53 pm
I believe that those who are not saved are spiritually insane. In 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” The only source of truth is Christ and everything about him. So outside Christ and his sphere of influence everything is subject to sin, corruption and instant pleasure or self indulgence for mere sake of attaining new thrills. Jesus also said in Matthew 4:4, “It is written man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” An implication of this passage is that we as humans are not supposed to live for temporary pleasures alone but live by faith on the Word of God that has long lasting or eternal rewards. Having said this I think for the most part MTV and A&E leaders are deceived and are not serving the best interest of their so called stakeholders…in my opinion their ultimate stakeholder is Satan himself (arch enemy of the truth) who is using these leaders to manipulate MTV and the like in order to capture the hearts and minds of people. In this light television which can be used to glorify God or truth is increasingly being used as a medium to divulge evil; sometimes in very unsuspecting forms. Paul rightly said, “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

Sammie Jo
March 1st, 2009 at 5:18 pm
Although with the economic downturn of not just this country but worldwide, and with the study of leadership and management styles, I stand in awe of God and wonder how we as a collection of people can bring change to a world that desperately needs change. Love, compassion, spirituality and ethics in business are not dependent on membership of a group. Anyone can be loving, compassionate, spiritual and ethical; in fact most people are. It is just that big corporations have tended to require people not to be.
In the 18th and 19th centuries some big business were originally founded on loving and spiritual principals, such as Cadbury beverage company and Rowntree currently owned by Nestle’s. These were original British enterprises founded by Quakers and used to be run on more compassionate principles than we consider normal in business today. We as a country need to relook at, or take a long look again at, examples of business operated as cooperatives, employee ownership organizations, mutual and credit unions, which are becoming increasingly successful in modern times. Many of these organizations openly advocate and support more caring and sharing ideals that place people and ethics ahead of profit. Some of them are significantly beginning to demonstrate that a more caring philosophy can translate into competitive advantage, and better commercial performance. We should more openly support them.
If social networking applied at work is inevitably going to happen, let all of us learn what we can to safeguard the moral complexities that can be a challenge. Let us help our leaders and managers understand that this must be looked at for the good of all and not with the “give me” attitude.
As new paradigm leaders, we should plan to be a part of a paradigm shifts towards a more compassionate and spiritual model. Being able to express ourselves spiritually will come more difficult, as we compare ourselves to others who seem so more apt and knowledgeable in expressing scripture, or discuss values, morals and ethics. Reading some of the work of Heyn (2006) she has simple and classic ways we can chose to run the remaining miles on our road of life. We can continue to develop our already collaborative mindset at work on relationship building team work, reach out to others, use our intuition, meditate daily, work on building our confidence and that of others, put ourselves out there, and do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. Heyn says it right when she says, “It’s not about table-thumping or shouting, and it’s not about costs and profit. It’s about fundamental spiritual things like love, caring for and respecting people (including you); the quieter gentler ‘feminine’ strengths and skills that all of us possess – men and women – and which we all must now be able to use. Organizational culture-shifts happen not because someone at the top makes a pronouncement – a culture shift happens when the attitudes and behaviors of their people change. At the root of any successful change you will increasingly find the qualities of love and trust, which together create the freedom for us to make the right decisions, to connect with others, to challenge and to innovate.” Let us all pray, and let us all work together as God intended. In God’s word, let those of us who are more experienced, capable and better performers not leave those people who are less experienced and less capable behind to struggle. Let us not be afraid to set and lead by good examples.

JButterfly
March 2nd, 2009 at 3:21 pm
Who am I? I am a child of the KING! All that goes with being a child of a KING is mine. I have authority to make things happen. I have all the resources of the KING; just knowing I am His is everything!
Why am I here? I am here to serve my KING, to have a joyful and loving relationship with HIM. I am here to show His love to all that I come in contact with.
What is my purpose? My purpose is to be a wise steward of all that He has entrusted to me, my children, my resources, and my relationships. I am to go where He wants me to go, and give all that I have.
Sometimes I imagine what it will be like to walk in a garden again with my Father…He did this with Adam and Eve, and I know that someday I will also walk with Him in the garden….I really can’t wait!

Jesus Freak
March 2nd, 2009 at 4:53 pm
The way people act says a lot about their real world view, not what they say their world view is but what it really is. One of the biggest challenges we as new paradigm leaders face is ourselves. Do we walk what we talk? Sometimes that is a hard thing to look at. It’s easy to look at the rest of the world and figure out what is wrong with it but it’s not so easy to look at ourselves and decide what is wrong with us. Doing that requires a commitment to fix what we find and that requires change, something not very many of us are comfortable with.
Jesus told us to remove the plank from our own eyes before we attempted to remove the speck from another’s eye. This blog is a wonderful place to examine ourselves as we talk and share about ethics and morality and other issues in business and life. The key is to be examining ourselves as we do this so that we can truly “Walk the Talk.”

Bassman
March 4th, 2009 at 2:20 pm
Whether it is Narsissistic humanism, Darwinistic humanism or Socialsitic humanism, nihilism, existentialism, etc., I believe that as Christians we are uniquely suited for operating in and exhibiting this new paradigm in the marketplace. God calls us to be just and equitable in our dealings with others (Bible, Micah 6:8). For the humanist, there is no such accountability to do what is right or fair, because within their thinking, what is right for someone may be different for someone else. (“Man is the measure of all things” – Humanist Manifesto) Situational ethics and standards is their measure of fairness in their paradigm.
I see the culture as being on a slippery slope away from traditional Christian values, similar to what so many authors and Christian leaders like James Dobson and Billy Graham have been pointing out over the last 40 years in particular (since the advent of the counter-culture activists in the sixties). The humanist/communist line of academic thought has been active since the let 1800’s, and directly attacks the Judeo-Christian paradigm. Albeit in its’ present form, it seems to be in the second generation of the original. Almost like a strain of virus that has mutated and is a little more resistant to an anti-biotic than the original strain.
We need to be willing to not only proclaim the Truth of God in the marketplace and in the greater culture, but be willing to demonstrate His power as well. That is the only time tested, effective remedy for being able to transform lives and thus, facilitate a paradigm shift. We must be willing to be active members in the culture, like in Facebook, or Myspace, etc. to proclaim these ideas, but we must also have the face-to-face with people for the demonstration of power. I reference what happened in the Book of Acts, as the disciples-turned-apostles were able to accomplish in their lifetimes. So, even though culture is running headlong away from God, we have a much more pronounced mission, even though it is the same mission that Jesus charged his disciples with approximately 2000 years ago. I wholeheartedly believe that we can be transformational leaders of the same magnitude as the first century church was if we are willing to bring the Kingdom to bear in our culture and demonstrate His power in the lives we come in contact with every day. “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what is says.” (James 1:22)”

Victoria Wallace
March 4th, 2009 at 3:17 pm
Key Learnings: LED 501
Over the past weeks, not only have I dissected the concept of leadership but also reviewed several theories in reference to the interaction between a leader and his or her subordinates. Listed below are some main points that stood out in my mind.
• Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal whereas management pertains to implementing the necessary steps to complete a given task and was also created to “as a way to reduce chaos in organizations” (Northouse, 2007, p. 9).
• When it comes to implementing changes within an organization, I believe involving the individuals who will be affected and being responsible for implementing such change or changes ought to be involved in the change process
• The lack of a collaborative climate may be one of the biggest problem a team will face when not all member of the team are willing to listen and understand one another as well as willing to compensate for one another.
• The knowledge and skills required by all team members include the ability to observe and understand what is occurring in the team at any point in time and to intervene in ways that help the team grow and develop.
• If the leadership is truly transformational, its charisma or idealized influence is characterized by high moral and ethical standards. Its inspirational motivation provides followers with challenges and meaning for engaging in shared goals and undertakings.

pdq
March 7th, 2009 at 12:13 pm
In the STS reading by John Alridge he quotes Eric Trist as saying “changes in technology bring about changes in values, cognitive structures, lifestyles, habitats, and communications.” Typically the choices we make in those areas are a reflection of our world view – whether or not our worldview is a conscious choice and known to us. Often times technological advances, particularly in western societies, are created to “make the world easier” if not better somehow, but with little thought to any overarching change that may result. As theologian Marva Dawn observed with regards technology a few years back – just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. Social networking sites are a good example of technology that has changed our world much beyond what its creators could’ve envisioned. Where young adults used to count their good friends on one or two hands, now they number in the hundreds – though I realize this may call into question the definition of a “good” friend. And, the accessibility of previously private information via a public forum changes the nature of both notions of privacy and accountability. Inasmuch as our lives are a constant conversation between God’s word and the world we live in, the advances in technology cause us to rethink and redefine what it means to be Christian in those spheres. As well as challenge our ideas of what it means to care for our neighbor (when the neighborhood has grown from those on my block 100 years ago to good friends in India and Ecuador today…) And, does Jesus admonition to go into “all the world” move us into Second Life as well?

Sammie Jo
April 25th, 2009 at 11:40 pm
Regarding the state of ‘social media’ or ‘social networking’, we live in interesting times. It is easy to observe and see that we have currently become engrossed, captivated and immersed, in our confusing and definitely changing ‘day jobs.’ My concern for those of us, who would just as soon not and do not engage in social media or social networking, is if we do not engage, our competition will. If there is a conversation online, and I am not there to hear or see it, did it actually happen? I am sure they do. Conversations can take place with or without me. I prefer not to, and again states have chosen not to engage or become part of those social networking conversations. I do realize since I do not engage, I am leaving it to others to answer questions and provide information, whether it is accurate and correct information or not. I may even be leaving it up to someone competitive but with less knowledge to become the resource of information. What started out as social networking is beginning to look to me like another job… which should be for most of participants occur in the evening or away from their place of employment. Looking around, listening to discussions on social networking at work and play, I cannot imagine employers have not already begun to be suspicious of it infringing on their employees ‘day job.’ My decision stands for now. It’s kind of ‘I’m okay, you’re okay!’ So far my not participating in social networking does not appear to have severely impacted me, my family or my friends. More than that, it does not matter to me that I may not be receiving either positive or negative feedback, or bothering to find time to read it and respond, or that people are or are not questioning my intentions or thoughts, or that I am spending time either sending or receiving, or trying to make time to do so. It makes me tired just to think about all that time many are spending on social networking. I am still trying to find more free half hours to enjoy a good cup of coffee or glass of juice, read a good book, enjoy a nice warm bath, get together with family and friends for dinner or a home movie, go to the YMCA or for a walk, go to the library, just to mention a few things.

Jason
April 27th, 2009 at 7:02 pm
Walk by faith or to the $$$. Christians walk by faith, while MTV and A&E walk to the money.
A&E’s reality show “Sons of Hollywood” follows Randy Spelling, son of the prolific television producer, the late Aaron Spelling; Sean Stewart, son of music legend Rod Stewart; and rising talent manager David Weintraub.
Is A&E representing the best interest of the stakeholder? Unfortunately, absolutely yes! Stakeholders are in it for one thing and one thing only; money…and A&E is delivering. People love reality T.V., drama and gossip. And they’ll tune in to whatever station is producing it.
The benefits probably greatly outweigh the risks because from a Return of Investment for the stakeholder’s perspective, these are the audiences A&E should be seeking. The stakeholders probably invested in this type of market because they know that this is the enjoyment factor for A&E’s customers. If I invested in a Christian network, I’d expect the station to go after a Christian market. Play it on Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights and to the Christian market. I wouldn’t expect that channel to be played in bars on Saturday night (though that would be refreshing…)
It gets a little tricky when asking if this is a good leadership practice when we are in a Christian Worldview forum. From a Christian perspective, no, it’s not good leadership. It would be best to step away from gossip, drama and the secularism of the show (though it does expose the humanness of these stars). From a secular leadership view, this is brilliant! THIS is what will bring in the money…
Truth? Is global warming real? What about evolution? Did we really land on the moon? I’m convinced that absolute truth can only be found in the Lord (though many would even argue God’s existence)…So, what and/or who can we trust? I trust my wife, my children, my parents and my pastor, but only absolute trust comes from the Lord.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD (Jeremiah 17:7 – NKJV)

Hitech
July 8th, 2009 at 11:38 pm
Narcissistic nihilism is the sum result of losing our humility. We often suppose that we are the end all and be all. When actually we are nothing more than the ultimate Cosmic Joke. Study the elegant art to be found in DNA (Google “HHMI DNA interactive”) Read it, study it, and learn just how puny your “almighty intelligence” really is. And to think that the DNA protocols checks and balances, binary mathematics and mechanisms were functioning 100,000 lifetimes past when you were just a Spirolina. Ego is nothing more than an artifact of fears. Desperately rushing to and fro in a never ceasing struggle to prop up and reinforce its own sense of self. “Samsara”. As Stevie Ray preached just a few months before being tapped for “the next step”, “We are all just here to love and take care of each other.” (Listen to “Without You”, from “Lost in Austin” bootleg.) Yet most of us are that voice in the crowd that goes “Huuuuuuhhhhh????”
A guy, who once gave me a break and didn’t need to, once recognized that my own path of “right livelihood” was in audio. Having done the genetic and documentary research, I see now that some of us are members of an ancient family. The surname Aldridge itself coming from the Lothringian descendents of Lothaire, who in turn descends from Aminadab, who in turn descends from . . . . .
One ancient long lost family of Souls to Souls.
The key to maintaining humility is to give thanks for every bullet that you have dodged without even knowing how. You will never know just exactly how it all works. Just be thankful that it does. And in your dealings with others, remember that compassion is measure of who you really are. Compassion is the act of giving someone a break when you really don’t need to and even if they don’t deserve it. In the words of Tom Johnston. “. . . all my brothers and sisters, people gotta love again”. Peace be with us all.

Hitech
July 8th, 2009 at 11:44 pm
PS that should read ” . . . your OWN puny intelligence . . . ”
(Not referring to the great Master Intelligence of the Universe)

Stacey
August 13th, 2009 at 6:56 pm
One of my favorite quotes is “Of all kinds of knowledge that we can ever obtain, the knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves are the most important” – Jonathan Edwards. We must strive to know ourselves because in that we understand why we react as we do and interact as we do in the world. But knowing ourselves is an ongoing process since Christ is making us into a new creature. We will never fully come to know ourselves until the day we go home to be with Christ.

shannon
August 17th, 2009 at 12:36 am
It is in fact that we are living in a nihlistic world…ME ME ME…What about the words Matthew 20:28
“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Who do we serve today? Are we serving others as leaders? As human beings? Is it all about how much we make for ourselves, or our stake holders? If we get back to basics, we will learn how to serve, and store up riches in heaven.

newworld
August 17th, 2009 at 9:55 am
Thanks Be to God!
Everyday you’re alive is a good day! Forward thinking and appreciation of the life you’ve been given is a great outlook. As classmate and fellow humans we have the tendency to want to be forward moving. While in our day to day struggle take time to be appreciative of what you have not what you want.
Another day will bring the rewards of hard work and sacrifice. For everything there is a season! Appreciate your season no matter what! Tell someone you love them!
Taken from: http://www.iequip.org
Become a Momentum Maker
And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.
1 Kings 3:28
It takes a leader to create momentum. Followers catch it. And managers are able to continue it once it has begun. But creating momentum requires someone who can motivate others, not one who needs to be motivated. Just as every sailor knows you can’t steer a ship that isn’t moving forward, strong leaders understand that to change direction, you first have to create forward progress. Without momentum, even the simplest tasks can seem insurmountable. But with momentum on your side, nearly any kind of change is possible.
Consider the ways young Solomon created momentum.
Peace be with you!

Nikkie
August 17th, 2009 at 5:53 pm
What is sad about being narcissistic nihilism is that we are teaching it to our children, the future leaders. What happened to the time when if you wanted to talk to your friend you walked down the street and talked to them, instead today we text each other, or IM tem. What would happen if suddenly phone service did not work? Would we know how to communicate? I have a niece that is 11 years old and she already has a blackberry so she can keep in touch with all of her friends. I personally think this is ludicrous. She would rather spend all of her time on the phone than to read a book. I personally think that we of today have forgotten what is important in life.

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ErnieFlames
October 8th, 2009 at 12:54 am
Who Am I?
In Matthew 1:1-17, we find the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah showing Jesus to be a decedent of Abraham, the father of all Jews, and giving Jesus standing by blood as one of God’s chose people. In Leviticus 17:11, God says: “…the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the Lord. It is the blood, given in exchange for life that makes purification possible.” In Mark 14:24, Jesus says, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out a sacrifice for many.” Even though I am not Jewish but one of the many purified through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus, I am loved uniquely as God’s child.
Why Am I Here?
God drew from the wealth of his wisdom and knowledge to create me in his own image yet uniquely different from all his other loved children. I am special in God’s eyes and he put me here to be a part in his family. I have brought my children into the world to love, enjoy, bless, and care for them. In the same way, God has brought me into this world for the same reasons. I am here as God wants me to be here and, since God is love, I am here as a result of God’s desire for a loving relationship with me.
What Is My Purpose?
Jesus says I am to love my God and love my neighbor, and in Luke 28, I hear Jesus telling me, “Do this and you will live?” Thus, my purpose is to live and, more precisely, to live with God which means praising and thanking God for his eternal love for me. Psalm 136:26 says “Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithful love endures forever.” Thankfulness is expressed in my actions to satisfy the task God has given us of “reconciling people to him” 2 Corinthians 5:18.
The people I encounter are reconciled to God according to what they see in me. My purpose is to lead by example for the benefit of creating a culture in my family, church, and employment where people grow and are empowered. I must love and serve others though the model of Jesus Christ and leading of the Holy Spirit which “produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” Galatians 5:22. Reality television proves our society is valuing the opposite of these fruits and reconciling others must be a priority. Since I am free and not in the bondage of self, I trust God shall be just to bless my leadership and living.

Gary@LEDCCU
October 10th, 2009 at 8:08 pm
Trist coined the phrase Socio-Technical Systems. Trist observed that changes in technology bring about changes in values, cognitive structures, lifestyles, habitats, and communications. After reading about the bio of Trist and his accomplishments, I mulled over how Trist’s subjective observations contained somewhat of a biblical objective view. Humanism teaches us that man’s endeavors account for what is good in our society; that mankind is evolving into a higher order in areas of intelligence, biologically, and spiritually. I’m not sure about the biological aspect. If we take a look at our obesity rate in America or the spread of disease then that part will need to be taken out of the equation.
Effective communication methodscapable of delivering faster messages, pictures and information, are of great benefit to society; but when that communication is meant for evil or delivers material that is demoralizing, demeaning, or degrading, and then the original good intent of the platform delivering that message has been lost. Satan did this in the Garden of Eden when he changed God’s original message and caused Eve to doubt by telling her, “You shall not surely die.” Mainstream media consistently portrays its message or product by making it look better than it really is; “a fruit to be desired.” So Trist was right when he stated that technology brings about change in values and lifestyles. We see how America and even the world has been affected by the media and socio- techno platforms in delivering content that encourages greed, materialism, lust, and a generation that constantly ask “what’s in it for me?”
May we be change agents that use technological advances for the betterment of our society and future generations! Proverbs 10:12 gives us a promise when we heed God’s commands; “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.” Selah

Tania Blackwell
February 27th, 2010 at 12:03 am
LED 501 Week 7
Who Am I?
I am a strong independent woman who believes that God put me here for a purpose of which I’m still trying to figure out.
Why Am I Here?
I don’t know the exact reason why I’m here, but I do know that there is a higher power that does know and that guides me every day. I am here to teach my child to be a strong person and to strive to achieve his own personal goals the right way and to treat others the way they should be treated with respect, so that they may treat him with the same in return.
What Is My Purpose?
My purpose is to walk down the path that God has laid down for me, make the right turns when I can and if I make the wrong ones to learn from that mistake and move forward back down the right one. To have a strong faith in God to lead me down my path with strength in my heart and soul.

Brandi Kroese
March 4th, 2010 at 9:41 pm
As a Christian in today’s society I often encounter people that do not know who they are, why they are here, or what their purpose is. I have been told I am wise beyond my years. I believe I was fortunate enough to find these answer at a fairly young age. Often times a little ruff upbringing can do that to you  I meet people every day that are in their late 40s or 50s and are still trying to figure those questions out. They have spent their entire lives looking for some answer to some question. So many times they are not aware of what the question is let alone what the answer is. They look to money, drugs, alcohol, love in the form of sex, or whatever else the world has to offer. What often times surprises me more is to hear they were brought up in a Christian home and went to church as a child. This scares me. It scares me to think they have heard the truth but for some reason there is a disconnection and they were unable to move that knowledge into tacit knowledge. They were never able to experience the true love of Christ. If we could find a way to help others find their way to the answers of those questions? What would that look like? How would we become collaborative system? What is our role as Christians serving others? Is it to really help others find out who they are, why they are here, and what their purpose is?

Tristen Osaka
April 23rd, 2010 at 12:01 pm
In the secular world there are so many people who are consumed in idolizing false gods and prophecies that they are missing out on the true blessing of what the Lord has in store for them. As John points out in today’s reality shows, it is all about “me” and no one else matters. How can our society or world flourish when shows, media, and people promote that being self-centered is the key to the top?!
As the Lord knows who I am, it says in Psalm 1:39, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.” I am a child of the Lord, created in His image to spread the word of the gospel and be the vessel to others. It is my duty and purpose to help others understand and learn that because of the Lord we are here today and everything that we are blessed with is because of Him.

Ross M.
April 28th, 2010 at 11:52 am
I believe it is a fundamental leadership principle to be very clear of one’s worldview. It is frustrating and amazing to me to see and try and comprehend how individuals are able to function in society being unaware of who they are? What they believe? And what their purpose is? A pastor a couple of years ago was giving a sermon and he said something I found to be very profound; that at the end of Buddha’s life one of his students asked “what is the ultimate meaning for life?’ his response was I am still searching.” Buddha, the father of one of the primary comprising movements under transcendental thought; died with a foundational social question left unanswered. Jesus, the son of God, knew what purposeful living consisted of his words are blatantly clear; and recorded in the book of Matthew. “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Fathers glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom (Matthew 16:24-28).” Jesus understood and knew how to teach what one should believe. Jesus was a leader, with perfect understanding of his purpose. Jesus was the greatest leader in history because his purpose was unambiguous to Him. Leaders have to be very sincere and aware of whom they are in order to guide others, if they don’t believe in their agenda, how can they sell it?

sugarcones
November 27th, 2010 at 8:51 pm
There are so many thoughts that come to mind when I consider my own world-view. I try to live everyday as Tim McGraw suggests that we do- “Live Like You Were Dying.” Each and every day is a gift from God. At first when my initial reaction to life’s troubles might be sour, but then I try to see things from a different perspective.
The 33 Chilean minors came out of their dark hole seeing life from a whole new perspective when they were rescued. A 12 hour day at work with very little pay suddenly doesn’t seem so bad. They might gladly wake up in the middle of the night from the sound of their 9-month-old baby loudly crying- for the sound is like music to their ears.
I first learned about paradigms from Steven Covey’s book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He gives an example in his book with use of a story about some annoying children and their passive dad. I am not going to tell you all about it because it is my hope that you will read the book for yourselves. This book helped me to see the world from a new and better point-of-view.
In short, all of our troubles can plague us only as long as we see them as troubles. We can find true joy in knowing our Savior. However, happiness comes and goes. We can all enjoy a little more happiness if we only try to see the silver lining on the dark, gray clouds.

S. Crary
December 6th, 2010 at 7:19 am
I see your point and I think it to be a valid. We live in America where self-idolatry runs ramped – why do you suppose they call it American Idol? Americans run to get their next quick fix using whatever means available and without ever realizing the REAL problems. We develop poor mindsets that leave us shackled to our “things” and never come to a place of brokenness or humility. In essence, we become GOD in our own little world and fail to see the bigger picture. This is why I am thankful to be a Christian. So much of our relationship with the Lord is driven by a spirit of praise and thanksgiving. We recognize that we are just stewards of our lives and all things belong to Him. Tragically, these people will come to this point of view eventually (Romans 14:11). Let us hope and pray that it is sooner rather than later.

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  1. catamaran4two says:

    Great post! I think too often in today’s world people do not take the time to think about who they are at the end of the day, why they are here, and what their ultimate purpose truly is. I think the reasons are many: as soon as children are old enough, parents are shuffling them off to this class and that practice…shoving this gadget and that latest high tech plaything in their faces and hands to give “Little Johnny” an edge over the rest of the children.
    It is insidious really how it begins, this need to have the best–be the best–at whatever cost. It begins with the seemingly innocent enough thought of “I want to provide my child the things I was unable to have myself” and “I want my child to be healthy” or “I want my child to be musical” or what have you. All these lessons and practices….but what happens is that we teach little Johnny from a very young age that his value as a person is associated with how many activities he is involved in and how many awards and things he can garner…the whole “he who dies with the most toys wins” type thing.
    All the while we should be teaching Johnny that Christ teaches us that we can never earn what truly matters and that is forgiveness. That can only be given by grace and mercy from Jesus for the admittance of our sins in recognition of His sacrifice.
    Obviously we must model behaviors in the workplace as expected of professional adult men and women that help to provide others with an example of what Christians look like in the workplace today. Just the other day I heard a couple of my folks at work talking and the one said to the other, “Jesus!” but not in quite the tone I would have liked. Nevertheless, I said brightly from my office, “He lives!” They laughed and asked, “What did you say?” I got up and walked over and said that I couldn’t help but overhear them and just wanted to make sure their day got off to a great start, too! It was before the rest of my staff arrived and so we shared a few minutes more speaking.
    I wonder how many other people would simply not say anything at all or just sit and let them say “Jesus!” that way and stew over it? Being a Christian in a corporate environment can be a challenge sometimes, very difficult when you are not even allowed to keep a Bible on your desk. But there are times when you have to choose to say something, stand up and say something to express your beliefs, your worldview, your Christian Worldview or a part of it and how important it is…or we will end up being lost like those you speak of from your recording business.

    • MARK says:

      Responding to the comment in the original post “truth is, you can’t believe what you hear, see or read anymore”. I find it troubling that we as humans, must try so hard to be something that we are not…in order to please others. I think that we as the children or God must realize that those outer imperfections are what makes us all one of a kind and perfect in the way that God has attended. We must teach that outward beauty is not all there is to life and that these technologies that changes your voice or images are just that “technologies”.

  2. CAJT says:

    The effect Hollywood has on the world is scary. The more “perfect” a person is in terms of looks is more important than who he or she really is in life. The way Hollywood has slowly changed society’s values is apparent as well. Slowly but surely, they have grown a culture of homosexual acceptance, broken marriage vows, and drug tolerance. Christians need to remember the Word and refocus where they are placing their values. It is easy to get lost in the Hollywood value system because it is very much in our face.

  3. Look2Him says:

    Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose?

    There are the surface-level answers to the question of Who am I? These often entail a name and descriptors of family and profession. Perhaps our place of birth, hobbies, or political and/or religious affiliations. Then there are the real answers to the query of Who am I?—those beneath the surface. I am convinced the answer of Who am I? is found in the Why am I here and What is my purpose? The latter two form the basis, the foundation, of the former. In these, we find the source of who we are.

    I believe the answer to Why am I here? to be very basic, albeit the very crux of individual existence: To glorify God—our Creator, the Creator—and to point others to Him. I believe this to be true of every male, and of every female. We are to unequivocally honor the One who spoke life into existence. Plain and simple…short and sweet…bottom line…nitty-gritty…honor and glorify Him, and point others to Him.

    Purpose is very similar and yet it manifests differently for each individual. In response to the previous question, I mentioned pointing others to Him. This meshes with our purpose as well. The Apostle Paul calls us ambassadors, ambassadors for Christ. “We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (NASB, 2 Corinthians 5:20). Dictionary.com defines an ambassador as a diplomatic minister of the highest rank sent on a special mission. Another definition listed is an authorized representative or messenger. Thus, God has a message for mankind, and we, as His representatives, are to share that message. His message, reconciliation. How this message of hope and forgiveness is communicated may look different from person to person, nevertheless, it is our charge. We each have a ministry. This ministry may not have a pulpit or congregation, but we have a ministry nonetheless. This ministry operates concurrently with what we choose to do in life; sometimes independent of, sometimes inseparable to. Yet, it functions alongside who we are as students, parents, professionals, retirees, single or married, and everything in between. It is our purpose.

  4. ejean says:

    Sire (2009) states that “It is important to note that our own worldview may not be what we think it is. It is rather what we show it to be by our words and actions” (p. 21). As Christians, it is so important that we align our values with the way we behave. A head knowledge of what we believe simply is not good enough, rather our lives need to be an outward testament of who we believe we are, why we are here, and what our purpose is.

    The references to M-TV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen Birthday, and Sons of Hollywood are perfect examples of actions revealing ones underlying worldview… in this case, narcissistic nihilism. As we go through life, we will have daily interactions with people who subscribe to different worldviews. So if a worldview is a framework of ideas and beliefs through which an individual interprets the world around them, perhaps we have an opportunity to influence the way one views the world by the way we act and the power of Christ in us. When so much is at stake, Christians must challenge themselves and each other to live a life of integrity, where our worldview matches our actions.

  5. EB715 says:

    My worldview has a lot to do with who I am and who I was created to be. Being a Christian woman, defines the very essence of my being. I serve someone other, and much greater than myself. This is an often forgotten about way of living. It is even more common to be opposite of what the Proverbs 31 woman represented. I strive to be the virtuous woman that God would have me to be. Even through trials and tribulations, He instills His peace and confidence within my heart. This world is an ugly place, if there is no peace, joy, love, or sense of loyalty. In the world of the Christian woman the attributes are evident. My worldview is to remember, that God created me unique, I am a Christian woman living by faith in God, and to be the salt of the earth. There is nothing else on this earth that is more rewarding than to be a Christian woman of God.

  6. Roche says:

    I trust that some mature Christians may see this post and offer some wise insights on how to answer this question and defend this point of view. In The Universe Next Door (James Sire, 2004), worldview question #1 asks: “What is prime reality?” In other words, what is the first cause? The response for theistic worldviews (Christian theism, deism, Islamic theism) is that God is the prime reality. However, in all the non-theistic worldviews, we have different prime realities or first causes. For example, in naturalism (and atheistic existentialism), matter exists eternally, and therefore the physical universe is the prime reality. In New Age thinking, the self or soul of each person is the prime reality. In defending theism, we often ask proponents of these other worldviews to explain the origin of their prime realities. Of course, Christians know that this is God, creator of all things in heaven and on earth. My dilemma is how to respond to a similar question from these other worldviews. How do I explain the origin of God? I read somewhere that the question “who created God” is an invalid question, since God exists outside time and space. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Revelation 22:13, ESV). However, can other worldviews also claim that asking for an explanation for the origin of their worldviews is also an invalid question?

  7. michelle says:

    In discussing leadership skills we often talk about having a clear understanding of, and basing our strategies on, the goals and mission of the organization. If we could also learn to apply this principle to our daily lives it would serve us well. In each decision, Why am I doing this? What is my purpose? Does this serve the Lord? Is this what Jesus would do?

    The initial post at the top begins with, “Worldview refers to the framework of ideas and beliefs through which an individual interprets the world around them and interacts with others”. Who am I? A mom, sister, wife, daughter, Christian, woman, leader, etc. the framework is large and requires focused attention on the priorities through which to deliver these interpretations.

    As a mom I make decisions everyday based on the needs of my child. It is instinctive for me to sacrifice my own wants/needs for her, and I long to have the same instincts in regards to serving my biblical worldview. I believe it should be like a filter that all decisions run through and each decision/action is applied to it.

  8. Kelsie says:

    I think the most important statement in the original post is “The problem with narcissistic nihilism as a worldview is that one loves themselves so much they actually self destruct. They love themselves to death”. I don’t know that you have to actually have this narcissistic nihilism worldview to behave this way. Although the degree of it may very from person to person, it seems like pretty basic human behavior.

    People want what is best for them. Although this happens everywhere I believe it is most commonly seen in the work place where people are competing with others to get ahead. People can become protective, jealous, and petty, limiting not only everyone’s potential, but the company as a whole. Romans 15: 1-2 says “we who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his for his good, to build him up” (ESV).

    No matter our world view, we should always treat people the way we would want to be treated – with respect and consideration.

  9. Leonard says:

    The question posed in the initial post was. Do you know who you are? Well I guess I would have to start by asking myself some tough questions. As a Christians when I label others with hurtful words, am I representing Christianity in the best light? I have to ask myself, did Jesus travel around knocking people down, or did he show compassion for those that did not know or chose to follow God? If I am truly, a Christian living by a biblical worldview and God has opened my eyes to identify lost souls, should I not reach out and help those lost souls by lifting them up and showing them mercy just as Jesus did? Is this the true definition of leadership?
    Acts 26:18 (ESV) states, “To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
    I believe the questions posed in the initial post still apply but I would have to answer them from the source and foundation of my worldview.
    Who am I? 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come.
    Why am I here? Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
    What is my purpose? Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and hope. I believe He gives us a future and hope so we can be an example for those that are lost and without hope.

  10. Dustin Riccioni says:

    Who am I? Why am I here? And what is my purpose? Interesting questions and important question like the blog states these 3 questions help us define how we live our lives. Are we people who live like fools or do we live our lives like no one else? I start by finding my identity in Christ. Prior to finding myself in Christ I would say I was following a worldview of narcissistic nihilism and it was extremely self destructive. The second part of the question is harder for me personally, why am I here? Well I don’t know one of the avenues I’m exploring in my college program at CCU to get a Christian understanding of the world and where I fit in it and see what God would have me to do. My purpose will be defined by why I feel I am here in the world. Ultimately I believe we are all called to understand our talents, gifts, and our lot in life to impact the world. Some will have a large impact but some may have a small impact that is just as important. No matter where you are called we as Christians share the same inheritance to the Kingdom of God and our goals are to bring even more into this inheritance. The Lord’s Prayer states “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, English Standard Version). My goal is to understand my gifts and my purpose God has given to me and for His will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. As Christians I believe we can impact that world and reach out into the darkness to restore a little bit at a time, because even in all the fallen brokenness of the world there is still a lot of God worth holding onto.

  11. Mission4Him says:

    Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose?
    These three questions press more on my heart every day, as I persistently search for the answers to each. I have come to the conclusion that I may never find clearly defined answers, but rather more evolving ones as my life progresses, I grow closer to God, and gain more wisdom from my experiences. It takes an effort to slow down and step back from the buzz of everyday existence, which is sometimes all that it is. Is it all so very necessary? “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases our savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:1-3). We make our lives so much more complicated than they need to be, when we don’t listen for His guidance. “..and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody” (1 Thess. 4:11).

    As a Christian, what is truly important? People are important. Their job titles don’t make them important, nor do the cars they drive, the clothes they wear, or the houses they can afford to live in. “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight” (1 Pet. 3:4).

    As long as I continue to search for the answers to these questions, while quietly listening for His responses, I will rest knowing that I am at least on the right track!

  12. WGriebel07 says:

    The above article really opened up my eyes to see how technology or television has turn this generation into be self oriented. The entertainment industry is great example of people being focused on themselves. I have a brother who is an upcoming country singer. As a child he only cared about himself and didn’t care about what happened to his family and friends. We are very distant because of his interest only in himself. Two years ago he married a wonderful godly women who changed his life forever. He calls on birthdays, mothers day and even calls just to check in. I believe people who are egotistical can change with help sometimes it is later in life then what we would anticipate but the important part is that they change for the better. God has taught us to be selfless.

  13. Eric Skinner says:

    This was a great blog to read, it really made me step back and look at how I am leading my life. Who am I? This is such a tough question on many levels. The easy answer is to use what we do for a living, or that we are a father or mother. But to really dig and truly find out who we are takes time and dedication to figure it out. I do not think that we truly ever know who we are because God is ever changing who we are. It is an endless pursuit in His name. The same goes for Why am I here? At different stages in our lives God wants us to do one thing. After that God wants us to keep praying to figure out what the next item up is. This goes on and on until one day God calls us to meet Him. This ties right in to What is my purpose as well. We are called up to one purpose at a time. Once that one is done another purpose will rise. The toughest thing is to keep ourselves out of the way of what God is leading us to accomplish while here.

  14. Toni Burrell says:

    Leading ones own life as a servant leader has its rewards here on earth and in heaven. Relationship is key to servant leaders, so following the pricipals of God in all things, make for a great foundation in leadership

  15. Tim Coakley says:

    Questioning why I am here, who am I, and what is my purpose seemed like some of those ”Out there” type questions when they were first posed to me last year. Upon further self-examination, they took on a whole different realm of reality and made me dig deep to write down and verbalize my beliefs. The instructor of the class where this took place asked us if we considered ourselves judgmental and if we would want to be known as judgmental. All but one said they did not want to be known as judgmental. This is not standing in judgment of others, but rather judging our deep core beliefs and what we see as right in the eyes of the Lord.
    Upon digging into the crux of the question, we discovered that in some ways we indeed did want to be known as judgmental. This led us to examine the questions of why, who and what. I know why I am here. God has a plan for me and this is where he put me. Who I am is a creation of Christ. What is my purpose is an ever-changing question that takes on new roles throughout life.
    Adaptability is key when going through life. Almost all of us find our roles changing as we walk through life. At one point we are children being watched over and cared for by parents, then we leap out into the world as free people when we leave home. Children come to most of us and we assume our parent’s role. The grandparent role is probably the best so far. Watching the miracle of life start all over again when our kids become parents. Then we find ourselves being the ones who watch over our elderly parents if we are lucky. The ever present circle that takes us from an earthly birth, to hopefully an eternal life after our time here has concluded gives us another perspective on what we are.
    No matter the time in our lives, we all have others we care for. How we treat those around us can determine how enjoyable our lives are. How we treat our own lives and what we do with our God given talents says a lot about what kind of people we are. I know not of who coined the phrase “Live your life right so when you look back you can enjoy it again a second time”, but it has its merit.

  16. Roberta says:

    The quote above, “the problem with narcissistic nihilism as a worldview is that one loves themselves so much they actually self destruct” made me think of the Tower of Babel. Technology has changed, but our human condition has not. It represents humanity’s desire to make a name for themselves…pride. John 9 tells us the blind man…the disciples asked Jesus who’s fault it was for why this man was born blind. Verse 3 tells us, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him” (NIV).
    It ultimately does come down to our worldview. Who am I? Why am I here? And what is my purpose? I know most people don’t think about these things. The truth is I am a child of God and I am here with the purpose that His glory may be revealed through me. John 3:30, “He must become greater; I must become less” (NIV).

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