Among living creatures, humans alone have a sense of self. The awareness prompts existential awareness and dread in equal measure and sends us each on a quest to discover what our own life is all about. Although the answers vary, there is a shared truth binding humans together: We all want a chance at happiness. Call it flourishing or success or meaning—whatever it is, we are all doing what we can to pull together a life that counts.
In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson dig into their series called Finding Common Ground. Each episode will consider a different aspect of natural revelation and how the world around us gives us the common ground we seek—and desperately need—with our fellow humans. Despite the rifts we feel with others ideologically, there is still much we have in common. By turning our eyes to creation and its rhythms, we find commonality in our shared human experience. This conversation explores our shared desire to find meaning through our work and in life. Our work may be more mental than physical, but whatever it is, we hope it means something more than a paycheck. We want to thrive on all fronts, to see our work take off and produce a harvest we can enjoy and share with others. To illustrate this truth, Sarah Pabody from Triple Wren Farms shares how her flower farm teaches her about the deeper truths of work and meaning. How is gardening a metaphor for our personal flourishing? What can the natural patterns of sowing and reaping and tending and harvest show us about life? How can we find shared ground in the human desire to flourish? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these as we find common ground together. Then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.
This episode of Persuasion is sponsored in part by LifeWay’s Christian Standard Bible, a translation that presents the truth of God’s Word with accuracy and clarity. The CSB equips today’s readers for lifelong discipleship with hundreds of designs to choose from at CSBible.com.
PERSUASION 212 RESOURCES & LINKS
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Persuasion 209 | Finding Common Ground
Persuasion 210 | Dust to Dust
Persuasion 211 | Universal Language, with James Beitler and Richard Gibson
Theme music by Maiden Name.