This blog is based on a rather simple idea found in the book of Matthew:
“Seek and you will find”
Zeteo is the Greek word here for seek, and one of the definitions of zeteo is this: “to aim at.”
(By the way, I am not claiming that the following interpretation actually reflects how the writer of Matthew was thinking when he wrote these words). Instead, I am using this text as a spring board to explore the concept of aim as it relates to my journey of trying to follow God.)
Think about aiming for a second. When you aim at an object, you goal is to hit a target (obviously). More interestingly, you are constantly evaluating your surroundings in light of the thing you are aiming at. If the wind is blowing, you need to adjust your aim. If a person walks in front of you, you need to adjust your aim. The focus is constant, but focusing upon the object you are aiming at requires that you take into account your surroundings.
Aiming at God, then, requires us to always evaluate our surroundings in light of the fact that we are aiming at the Divine. If I stumble upon a news article, I need to be evaluating that thing in light of the fact that I’m aiming at God. If I am watching a movie, I need to be evaluating and experiencing that film in light of the fact that I am aiming at God.
That’s what this blog is. It is a project to improve my aim, i.e., it is a project to evaluate my surroundings in light of the fact that I am seeking to follow God.
This aiming metaphor leaves us with an interesting paradox: if by aiming at God, we find God, then how do we know what to aim at if we haven’t found God yet (since when you begin aiming at something you must know something about where it is)? Perhaps this paradoxical predicament can be escaped by supposing that the following is true: the effectiveness of the process of seeking the Divine has more to do with the intent of the seeker to find It than the actual initial conceptions of God with which we begin our seeking.
If this is true, then maybe there’s two benefits to this project: I will (hopefully) become more proficient at directing my thoughts towards the Divine, and, in doing so, I may come to understand more fully what it means to aim at the Divine in the first place.