Find Your Corner
April 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor
If you have seen the Corona TV ads over the past few years then you know that the most recent comes with the tag line, ‘Find Your Beach.’ The point of the ad is that regardless of where one lives, if they find their ‘groove,’ then they will have found their ‘beach,’ whether in a desert, a ski slope, or of course, on the coast.
The drive for significance runs deep in the human design. We were created with dignity, yet in a broken world this has been injured. Our natural inclination is to aim for greatness and recognition in order to recover our value. But of course this pursuit always leads to unending dissatisfaction, because dignity is a moving target when it is dependent on other fallen vessels.
In his fine book on work, entitled, Every Good Endeavor, Tim Keller reminds us that in the Old Testament God is seen as a gardener and in the New Testament, as a carpenter. What he wants us to understand is that our dignity is not wrapped up in relative greatness, but in participating ‘with God in his creativity and cultivation’ of a world that Keller calls the ‘forerunner of the new heavens and new earth’ wherever He has placed us.
While every instinct within us is to find value in comparison, wealth, fame and recognition, the gospel invites us look to Jesus. When we do, we discover a King and Creator who, in His mission to redeem us, was bestowed greatness, not by lunging for power, but by laying it aside and humbling Himself, taking on weakness in the form of servanthood (Philippians 2:5-11).
Being from South Florida, I used to think that you needed at least a half-acre of property to have a beautifully landscaped home. But since moving back to town home life (where Katherine and I began our journey), I have discovered, much to my delight, that all one needs is a corner.
Trust me when I say that everything you need for a significant life is found in Jesus, exactly where you live.
Friends, find your corner, and flourish…