I’m reading a biography of Albert Einstein and it is surprising how early his career was essentially over. He was twenty-six when he submitted his first paper describing Special Relativity. Max Planck, the founder of quantum theory was the editor of the journal that carried the paper and as he finished the last page he “realized that the accepted scientific order had been overthrown.” (The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene)
A few years later, Einstein wrote his paper on General Relativity and he’s been a household name ever since. Interestingly, though, he refused to accept much of quantum theory even though his own principles became the foundation for it. He spent the last thirty years of his career trying to come up with a Theory of Everything, and at least one scientist suggests that he might as well have gone fishing for those thirty years considering the lack of impact he had.
Significance. All studies on what makes people happy say that we all search for a sense of significance, the Steve Jobs quest “to make a dent in the universe.”
We all want a good bio.
This Sunday at the Gathering Church we will learn something about the bio God wants to write. In our series Learning God: The Big Moments we will look at the big conversation David has with God about his own bio. Found in 2 Samuel 7:1-17, David wants to do something for God, something great. But God has something different in mind.
What happens when God writes our bio?
You’ll be surprised. David was.