This from a Facebook post of past years. I believe it’s a great place to start reforming our interactions. Consider.
Friends, I just had an insight that I feel inclined to share. Without going through the process of observation and thought that lit this bulb in my head (a mundane series, actually), here’s the essence: We are each called to love and help all who are in our circle of contact (even this cyber circle). No, we cannot ignore the world’s suffering and the severe needs of our country; we must work together for a greater peace and social justice (churches and other organizations need our collective and individual help).
Yet, it is those nearest us who will more immediately and significantly feel/benefit from our help and influence. Obviously, this means family, coworkers and associates, those we deal with at the gas station, in the market place, etc. For those of us who are artists, performers, composers, conductors, educators, etc., it is obvious that we are in a position of great influence and sharing, through the gifts of art and knowledge. I hope that you will join me in this awareness, and we can make a tangible difference in lives all over the world during this Advent/Christmas/Hannukah/holiday season.
A fundamental truth has brightened my mind and spirit in the last few minutes. I think I’ve known this for a long time, but now it seems so very clear. (Btw, I was listening to Al Green sing “Don’t it make you wanna go home?” when I was enlightened. There’s the singing reference that makes this post at home here on Kavbar’s Blog.)
As a Christian believer, gifted with faith, my long-term (if you call eternity “long-term!”) happiness and well-being are assured. However we conceptualize Heaven – we actually know little or no detail, based on the Scriptures – our eternity will be absolute joy and fulfillment – yes, Life itself.
In the meantime, the life we lead here is best and most joyfully carried out in service and love towards each other, and to the world as a whole. This is the fundamental basis for Christian mission, ethics, morality, et al.
I surely want to be reminded of this clarity of thought and identity, and intend to search the Scriptures for the countless references that lead to such an awareness. Now I’m on record, and want to be held accountable!
Please note: as one gains “chronological maturity,” essential and basic truths like this, that we’ve heard and read for so long, seem more simple and tangible.
Also note: a follow-up to this post could well explore the context and role of worship and its centrality to everything written here. Maybe later.