Looking for Purpose in All the Wrong Places

I’ve pretty well decided that life is basically one giant identity crisis. I guess that’s what Erikson was trying to tell us in his stages of development. Instead of entering middle adulthood with clarity and confidence – WHAM – another crisis of identity and purpose. Erikson calls it “generativity vs stagnation.” I call it, “I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.”

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Finding My Way in the Dark

It was dark as pitch that night. The light from the moon was hidden by the trees. I could not see the path ahead. I could barely see my hand in front of my face. I strained to see even the outline of the gently worn path and quietly cursed for not remembering a flashlight. I was completely disoriented and thought about turning around.

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No Easy Out

I’ve been wondering how we go about cultivating a culture of authenticity, of being real with ourselves and one another. I’ve been wondering how churches and community groups, schools and businesses can participate in a call to authenticity, so that when we are struggling, someone is awake enough to reach out. So that when someone asks, “How are you?” they are also willing to listen for the real answer.

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