What a wonderful illustration of the great divide. This delightful cartoon tells the story of one of my favorite quotes.
“The distance between us and the poor is the distance between us and God.”
A church that is happy and taking its ease during these times is a church that doesn’t comprehend the love of God, or the gospel of Jesus Christ. And any Christian leader that isn’t outraged at our government’s treatment of the poor and marginalized needs to wake up and pay attention.
The only constant in life is change. We’ve all heard that, but few of us have internalized it to the point where change is no longer threatening.
Embracing change rather than fearing it is the first step to understanding that our life is meant to be an adventure. Tolstoy has it absolutely correct. We need to live on the edge, always looking forward to the next opportunity to see and experience what is on the other side.
As long as we live we will be immersed in change. And that’s o.k. That’s as it should be. Accept it.
As Tolstoy reminds us, “As long as there is life, there is happiness.” And that is the one thing that doesn’t change
Booker T. Washington was absolutely spot on with his assertion about the happiest people are the ones who do the most for others. The more we reach out and actually help those around us, the more joy we experience.
The deepest joy we can know is to give ourselves for others. Severing those whose need is the greatest brings a satisfaction and and joy found nowhere else.
It’s about giving. It’s about serving. It’s about loving. It’s what makes life worth living.
In the earlier post this morning I pointed out the love is the answer. The more we open ourselves to love and the more we give ourselves in love, the happier we are and the more joy we experience.
Giving ourselves in love means reaching out to those around us. It entails caring for others, giving of ourselves to meet the needs of others. It is a lifestyle of compassion.
True joy is far deeper and more lasting than happiness. And true joy comes from a love that overflows to those around us. The more we allow the love we receive to flow through us the more joy we will experience.
And as I wrote earlier, it really is just that simple.
The Gospel in one word is love. We were created through love for love. The more we open ourselves to love, the more we give ourselves in love, the more joy we will experience and the richer our lives become. It really is just that simple.
We live in a world infected by a viral consumerism that threatens our very survival. Here is a powerful antidote.
Less is more. Believe it. More stuff is not the answer.
True joy is not, and can never be, measured in larger bank accounts or the things that money can buy. True joy, comes from loving, giving and serving. True wealth is measured in caring and sharing.