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Scott Marquardt

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We've been talking about identity at 24/7 the past couple weeks. My copy of Dick Keyes excellent book of yore (Beyond Identity) was apparently lost in one of our basement's many floods, so I found a sanely priced used copy at Amazon. Definitely worth revisiting.

The teens in 24/7 are encouraged to be honest about where they're at with God. Some are seekers. That's an interesting place to be. Folk wisdom has it that "the journey" is important -- and so it is. But not for folk wisdom's reasons. In our time, it's popular to consider any settled answer something of a rudeness; it's not proper to know anything with finality or claim some special status for it -- such that it's true. This would be why folk wisdom values the journey.

But that's not why the journey's important. The journey is important for the same reason we all pull over for an ambulance when it's racing to the hospital. Its journey is frightfully important -- not because we must hold in abeyance some judgment about the health of its occupant. The journey's important precisely because no one is stupid enough to argue that the occupant might actually be OK, "who knows?"

Seeking God is important for the same reason. We need to arrive at the destination. The goal is not to perpetually seek, as if that were some noble habit and not as idiotic as asking our ambulance driver to find her way to the hospital by as scenic a route and as casual a pace as possible.

The goal is to find. The goal is to understand who oneself is in terms of who God is. That's when the real quest begins. The human adventure doesn't end when we've exhausted our search for God. How could it have been a human adventure when we did not yet know what it meant to be human? Not until we find our selves in the person of God do we begin to see ourselves for who and what we are. Then we'll have a better idea of what to ask the Outfitter for as we embark on the real adventure.

If you're hungry, some folks would tell you it's noble to wander about in search of food -- but arrogant to claim you've found it.

Never mind them. Seek. Find. Be filled. And then begin to know yourself.

Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
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