Click Map for Details

Flag Counter

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Gifts I Would Bestow

Which of these gifts would you give your best friend – fame, wealth, or long life? Which would you like most? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, p. 495).

I suppose that all the gifts mentioned are relative. For example "fame" is to be known and highly regarded. In some measure, however modest, this is something that I would wish for everyone. Likewise "wealth" can mean simply having all of your needs met whether in regards to food, clothing, shelter, or health needs – in short, to basically be free of want so that your attention and energies can turn away from the sheer struggle to survive. And finally "long life" is a wish for longevity and for good health. So in this sense I would wish all these for my best friend.

There are more requirements for happiness. Principally these include security, justice, mercy, a degree of love and intimacy, and friendship itself.

But true happiness also depends upon freedom! There are two chief areas of freedom: 1) freedom to have an inquiring mind. That is, one is free to roam the realm of ideas unshackled by any authority other than by one's best judgment buttressed by facts and endorsed by one's inner light ; 2) freedom from addictions – the major ones traditionally sometimes described as the seven deadly sins (wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony). Thus, true freedom necessitates the freedoms of thought and soul as well as the other items mentioned. All these I would wish for my best friend and for myself as well.

Print Page