The title “Seek-1st” is based on two very important ideas, from two very different sources.
- In Matthew 6:33 Jesus tells us to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (referring to the things people worry about, like where they will live, what they will eat, etc). This is part of Jesus’s “Sermon on the Mount” where he teaches his followers what it means for the world when he says “the Kingdom of God is here.” Jesus is saying that if we seek to live in God’s Kingdom, under his leadership and according to his ways, God will provide all that we need.
- Habit #5 of Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Truthfully, it’s the only habit that I remember, but I think it’s a vital truth for each of us: Before we start trying to make others understand our viewpoint (and why we’re “right”), we need to make a real effort to understand the perspectives of others.
Too many topics are discussed in our world at a superficial, sound-bite level, which is a recipe for incomplete understanding of the issue and an over-simplified “solution.” Maybe if we take time to delve into the details in a dialog that expects and respects differences of opinion, we might become better informed, and possibly make a difference.
I am openly Christian, and approach the world from a Christian worldview. That doesn’t mean I’m going to push my faith on you. In fact, the only time you’ll see me getting critical about people’s faith is when I see Christians behaving like boneheads. I won’t shy away from discussions about religion, faith, worldview, or philosophy; I think we’ve made mistakes in the past several hundred years by allowing these foundational aspects of life to become “private and personal” when in reality they affect everything we do.