ED­I­TOR’S IN­TRO­DUC­TION

Activated - - ACTIVATED - A life well lived Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor

The Bi­ble has a lot to say on the topic of what our pur­pose in life should be. King Solomon, de­scribed in the Bi­ble as the wis­est man of his time,

1 dis­cov­ered the fu­til­ity of liv­ing only for this world. He gives these con­clud­ing re­marks in the book of Ec­cle­si­astes: “Re­spect and obey God! This is what life is all about.”

2 The au­thor of Psalm 73, a man named As­aph, re­lates his search for mean­ing after he saw wicked peo­ple en­joy­ing life, seem­ingly with­out a care in the world. In the end, he dis­cov­ers that be­ing God’s friend is the high­est ben­e­fit. He con­cludes: “As for me, how good it is to be near God!”

3 But that’s only one side of the coin. The Bene­dic­tine nun Sis­ter Noella, who holds a doc­tor­ate in molec­u­lar and cell bi­ol­ogy/mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy and won a Ful­bright schol­ar­ship to study French cheeses, gives in­spi­ra­tional pre­sen­ta­tions where she likens cheese-mak­ing to her spir­i­tual life. While a part of our growth as Chris­tians comes through prayer and the study of God’s Word, Sis­ter Noella says it also comes by get­ting our hands dirty and do­ing God’s work, which she re­lates to the Bene­dic­tine or­der’s motto— ora et lab­ora, pray and work.

While the spir­i­tual as­pect—an on­go­ing com­mit­ment to draw closer to God, to spend more time read­ing His Word, and to grow in our re­la­tion­ship with Him—is im­por­tant, this is­sue of Ac­ti­vated will fo­cus on some of the prac­ti­cal as­pects of liv­ing a Chris­tian life.

I’ll close with this quote by Al­bert Barnes: “If we have no other way of do­ing good—if we are poor, and un­learned, and un­known—we may yet do good by our lives. No sin­cere and hum­ble Chris­tian lives in vain. The fee­blest light at mid­night is of use.” 1. See 1 Kings 4:30. 2. Ec­cle­si­astes 12:13 CEV 3. Psalm 73:28 NLT

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