On Being Human 2

BY Doug Jones

April 9, 2013

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What makes us human? Is it our ability to reason? I think; therefore, I am? Is it our ability to connect emotionally and sustain long and deep relationships? The question is one that has been discussed and debated for many years and will continue to be batted around for years to come.

I contend that to be human is tied up in our ability to be and our drive to become. One of the unique aspects of being human is the desire in the depth of our being that longs and often strives to be all we can be. The quest to flourish and become is embedded in what it means to be human. It is part and parcel of what it means for us to be created in the image of God.

Within us is a spiritual hunger to grow, be formed, and realize the purpose and intent that our Creator has for each of our lives. When we listen to “our life/our becoming,” it can be a guide to curb our penchant for pursuing any and every activity, falling into the trap of doing and acquiring to achieve (the one with the most [fill in the blank] wins mentality). Inherent to this understanding of being human balances being and doing. Our striving and the focus of our work/doing is toward becoming and being who God has made us. With our becoming always in sight, we keep our doing in better equilibrium.

What makes us human? How would you respond to this question? Do you think the response to this question I offered above gets at the heart of it? Chime in using the comment box below.


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