Can people live without definitions?
In school you learned the definitions of terms to help you understand new concepts. Let’s face it, every new concept comes with its own vocabulary. Every grown up knows that industries come with their own language…we call it jargon or acronyms. And yes, I said grown up, maturity doesn’t play a part in detecting that jargon exists.
Can we exist without clear definitions? If we can’t, why did the dictionary fail to define ministry for me? Seriously, I went to two online dictionaries, which left me baffled. The definitions given, although extensive, didn’t tell me what I wanted to know. The perimeters, the confines, the structure of the meaning of the word “ministry”. Ministry, Love, Healing…these are all heavy concepts. Healing as it relates to the medical field could be defined, easy enough, but what about as it relates to the human existence. So many people are seeking healing but they can’t define what they are healing from or what’s needed to heal. So how do you do what you can’t define. How can we effectively minister if we can’t define ministry? It’s simple…you don’t look in the wrong source for the definition.
Love: can not be defined by man because man didn’t create it. Have you ever realized that if you ask a child (and some adults) what color love is, they will begin to hypothesize answers. Seriously, I work with students, I’ve done it. Our social concepts are constructed without formal education’s guidance because it can’t teach everything. Love is best defined in the word. It’s defined in actions. If I want to know what love is, I look at what love causes people to do. I use the term people lightly because the ultimate view of love was shown by God. From this can I surmise what love “is”. Ministry can also be defined this way. When I looked in the wrong place for the answer, I came up empty handed.
I do NOT believe that human beings with minimal intelligence can live in a world without definition…which means the “super-smart-intelligent-can-figure-out-anything” human beings MOST CERTAINLY CAN NOT. So throw caution to the wind and realize that you must look in the right place to set your foundational knowledge.
*women define relationships, men define boundaries, politicians define policy, God defines love. (not an inclusive statement…but definitely true by definition, lol)