This post is apart of the blog series 21 Lessons in 21 Days
Lesson Eleven: Everything we do should revolve around our telos
This is a fairly new lesson learned for me this year. About two weeks ago a rather popular pastor, Judy Peterson, spoke at the Sunday service I attended at Pilgram Pines camp. It was a message that really stuck with me. She talked about the Greek word Telos, which means the point of everything. If someone asked you what the point of your life was, what would you say? I hadn’t really thought too much about it until I sat there that Sunday morning listening to Judy speak. She talked about how the world tries to sell us a point, and our friends/family think they know our point, which can sometimes leave us feeling like we’re all over the map. And it’s so true. When you aren’t sure of your “point” you can be easily swayed by the endless opinions of others. It’s easier to carelessly give up on things that could be important, and as Judy says, detours end up derailing us.
So, what is the point? What is our point as Christians? Judy led us to the greatest commandments to answer this question for us.
Matthew 22:37-39 NLT
37 “Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
With that being said, our everyday life and day to day details should be aligned with our point. People should know our telos just by our actions. The way we talk to and treat people should be a direct reflection of it. How can we make sure we’re actively practicing this? Judy suggested that an effective way is to ask ourselves what the point is (without a sarcastic tone) throughout each day. She suggested that we remind ourselves of why we are here and why we do the things we do. When we remind ourselves, we can make decisions that revolve around our point. We’ll be more inclined to be kind to someone who is always mean to us, or to forgive someone who isn’t even sorry.