A “designed man” is a redundancy. That is, all men-- all humanity-- are products of intelligent design. Evolutionary theory deserves its crater-sized holes. It cannot account for the craftsmanship inherent in the human race.
But a good beginning is no assurance that every man will build a life that is effectively designed. Stephen Covey says that “all things are created twice.” The first is a mental creation of vision and plans, and the second is an execution of those plans. There is a difference in being formed by design and consciously living by it. This decision--to live intentionally and deliberately--spares us from the lazy life lived on autopilot. And the sooner we as young men embrace this dilemma, the better. Either we choose to live deliberately or we choose to live by default. And making no choice is the choice. Before we know it, all the old adages come home to roost. Days turn to years, youth vanishes, old age stares us in the face and time slips away. Whatever time we did have for our career, health, spirit and world was squandered.
Contribution and meaning give context to our existence. With them, even the mundane has purpose. Without them, even the profound feels hollow and unsatisfying. Identifying how these principles speak to us, personally, is a huge step in designing a life with a worthy legacy at the end.
Young men look ahead. Old men look back. Prepare for the backward glance now by fashioning a blue print for the road ahead. Become a designed man. In the end, an undesigned life is as wasteful as an unexamined one.