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Defining Purpose

PURPOSE-OF-LIFE

So how’s that for a first blog post?  I tell you about how we’re going to be more purposeful about our lives, then I basically admit I have no idea what my purpose is entering the blogosphere.  There are countless sources where you could find such unintended irony, but I’m grateful for your support in spite of it.

Let me tell you what my purpose is not.

I’m more of a cobbler than a carpenter, so you won’t be getting any impressive DIY homesteading project ideas from me.  If you’ve seen our garden fence or chicken run you already knew this.

When asked where our children go to school I say that “we home school our children.”  Most of the time I’m quick to correct myself admitting that “Maria home schools the kids, I just have a crush on their teacher.”  I’m not even a principal or superintendent.  Maria is a pretty effective disciplinarian and all-around administrator.  I’m more like the school board.  I only enter the picture when there‘s a major dispute and I usually side with the administration.  I support suggested punishments and approve what ever curriculum she suggests.  As far as I can tell, I‘m not in danger of losing my seat when I‘m up for re-election.

When it comes to the birds and the bees I know just enough to be successful(pun intended).  By successful I mean we have eggs, honey, and enough critters still alive to provide for our needs and then some.  I attended a Central Iowa Bee Keepers meeting before acquiring my first hive and an old timer said, “You can do everything right and still fail, or you may do everything wrong and they’ll get along just fine.”  See me under the category of doing everything wrong.

I’m not a theologian or a master apologist for the Catholic faith.  To be perfectly honest my faith is under regular attack which leaves me far less than the perfect husband and father that I desire to be.  I’m quite certain I would struggle to adequately defend all of the churches teachings or convince the floundering agnostic, let alone an atheist that, oh yeah- He’s real!

So now that I’ve let you down softly, I think I can safely share what our purpose is, or at least what we hope it will be. The purpose of maintaining OHH blog is to share the message of hope.  Hope to struggling Christians like we were. Hope to those who desire to integrate their faith more into their daily lives whether it be through home schooling, homesteading, or simple living strategies. Hope to those who grieve.  Hope to those who wish to grow deeper in their journey towards The Kingdom. 

I hope that you have already experienced some of that here.  I hope newer readers don’t find our goal for this blog to be trite or cliché. We hope that all of you keep following along, supporting us, and challenging us, all of which have helped make OHH what it is today.  You inspire us to strive for more, to be better, to keep growing, to be accountable. Thank you.

Mark

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    I just read the following daily reflection, words courtesy of Pope Francis, and I immediately thought of your words here. Simply passing along …
    “Do not be afraid. Some people might think: “I have no particular preparation, how can I go and proclaim the Gospel?” My dear friend, your fear is not so very different from that of Jeremiah, as we have just heard in the reading, when he was called by God to be a prophet. “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth”. God says the same thing to you as he said to Jeremiah: “Be not afraid … for I am with you to deliver you” (Jer 1:7,8). He is with us!” — Homily, World Youth Day, Closing Mass, July 23, 2013

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