The Unexamined Life

It was the Greek philosopher, Socrates (469-399 BCE) who famously said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  The Greeks often used hyperbole to make a point, thus the stern sounding statement.  But what does it mean?  Why would Socrates have made such a strong, unequivocal statement?

Robert Gerzon, in his article “The Unexamined Life,” says that “Socrates believed that the purpose of human life was personal and spiritual growth.  We are unable to grow toward greater understanding of our true nature unless we take the time to examine and reflect upon our lives.”

This past month we paused in worship to consider the value of and our appreciation for the most senior members of our community.  It was good for all of us to stop in the busyness of our lives to examine, to ponder their value in our lives.  We are richer for our relationships and we are richer for taking the time to consider them.

On Sunday, September 23rd, we paused in worship to consider the gifts of our children and grandchildren to us in families and the community of faith.  Many of us chose to dedicate our children—no matter their age—to God, and then we took time to think about what that means, to examine our act of dedication.  I believe we are the richer for doing so.

As we enter October we will examine why outreach mission is important to us as we welcome Ben Mathes and others to our worship on October 14th.

We will also take time to examine the concept of stewardship and the implication it has for living the Christian life.

Finally, we will gather on Sunday, October 28th to give thanks for God’s work among us in the last twenty-six years, and then to consider what God has in store for us as we walk into the future.  I am thankful to have enjoyed examining our lives together.