Making Life More Than a Trivial Pursuit

Making Life More Than a Trivial Pursuit

Thursday, 28 March 2019  | Narelle - MECS Principal

In 1979, Chris Haney and Scott Abbott created a board game after they found their Scrabble set to be missing a few pieces. What emerged from their creativity was the game ‘Trivial Pursuit’, a test of trivia knowledge. Since then, 80 million editions of the game have been sold in 26 countries and 17 languages.

Whilst Trivial Pursuit was created to be a game, far too often it has become a way of life. Living with a focus on the trivial things of life is far from the experience of ‘life to the fullest’ that Jesus describes in John 10 when he explains why he came into the world; “I have come that you might have life and have it to the fullest.” (John 10:10)

The antidote to the pursuit of the trivial is the embrace of a defining purpose. Purpose provides a master plan for life, making possible the selection of aims and goals, helping us to avoid getting lost in the trivia of each day. Purpose enables the necessary distinction between the good and the best in choices to be made. Purpose is personal. It may be informed by others – even encouraged and supported by others – but ultimately each person must discover and commit to their own purpose in life.

Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, declares his purpose when he writes, “For me to live is Christ.” (Philippians 1:20). Each of us, like Paul, need to choose the completion of that powerful sentence: “For me to live is ….” The honest completion of that sentence is often reflected in that which we commit our time, energy and finances to.

At MECS we want our students (and all those in our community) to ultimately lead lives of purpose. Part of our mission statement sums up this perfectly when we say we want to provide “learning experiences that challenge each student to actively live for God in His world.” Whether it be through the classroom curriculum, the myriad range of camps and outdoor experiences, whether it be through working out friendships and relationships, whether it be dealing with conflict… all that we do is designed for our students to get a fuller understanding of God’s intention for his world and his people and for them to find their true purpose in that story.

So let us commit to living a life that avoids the trivial pursuit. Let us commit to a purpose worthy of the abundant life we’ve been given. Let us help our children and students discover their God-given purpose in life as they become more aware of their true identity in Christ.


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