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Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Best Idea

What was the best idea or invention you ever came up with?  How did it turn out?  Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, p. 1557.

A reevaluation of the scope and purview of love has had for me the greatest impact on my life.  For many years I was largely blind to a broader point of view.  I had seen love primarily as it applied to relationships between humans and to a certain extent between man and animals; for example I could love my brother or I could love my dog.  Then, of a sudden, I saw that love applied as well to inanimate processes.  The fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) had broad and encompassing application.  It colored not only human relationships (perhaps it began there), but extended to all sorts of activities.  For some I guess this is obvious for we can say “I love my work,” “I love my hobbies,”  “I love politics.”  But for me such usage of the term “love” was purely shorthand for “liking” or “inclination.”  This understanding fell far short of seeing love as a pervasive governor of activities.  This latter insight has greatly extended the meaningfulness of my existence by seeing that I can affirm love in nearly everything I do; and not only me, but everyone else.  This serves to give great dignity to most any field of labor or activity.  A slovenly done job is a great affront to love.  Assiduous care and attention in doing one’s job is an expression of love.  Yeats said “Sing whatever is well made” and I think in a sense he was appreciating the wide impact of a loving attitude.  From this point of view, every beneficial good or service pays meaningful tribute to the Creator.  How we treat others, and how we engage in myriad processes signals our reverence for the Almighty.  Products of love can include the yields of agriculture, industry, science, and engineering.  Love can bestow its gracious light upon a laboratory experiment or upon the act of flipping hamburgers at McDonalds.  And as love may have originally begun as an expression of animate relationships, the reinforcement and extension of love can flow in reverse—from a loving husbandry of process to a spillover into relationships.  Thus, a creative and loving society will be imbued with light and this will be evident in all it is and does.  In the end we can see that a healthy society is a loving society filled with a sense of sanctity and purpose.

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