Louie Armstrong could be warbling as I write… He knows the power of love and need for connection its overtly noticeable in his tunes. His words comfort us with melodious fuzzies, all warm and enveloping…inviting us to think of full green trees and fluffy white clouds.
My friends, the close ones, know socializing is challenging for me, no I’m bad at it really… like the opening night of Taboo bad. Unless I am playing a role or performing a duty… I blame the influx of social media, it seems acceptable to take the fall for my quirks as we ignore the fact I was a child of the 80’s. These days everyone else hides behind their phone allowing me to walk quietly through life with need for very little verbal communication.
God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners. -Kierkegaard
The Great High Priest who’s name is Love requires more of me, created me for more in such a way He my innate existence calls for community and relationships. Now there’s the very challenge… Introvert with a community need ticking away inside. Where’s the manual? Where’s the toolkit that should be required as each person comes off the conveyer belt and enters life! Well I guess that’s the Big Book… The Word of God… The Bible. Albeit some of it reads a bit like the pages we used to use decoder rings from the mornings cereal box to reveal the answer… None the less it’s available to me, to us.
For those of us who do not have life figured out let me encourage you to keep pushing forward. I think there are times moving forward may even look like a slight shuffle of the feet moving st snail pace but I believe that’s okay. Though we are running a race to the finish to gain out great reward as we have all read… I think people have taken it a little too literal maybe. I’m no theologian but I don’t think Paul meant for us to live life at break neck speed. If we do not pace ourselves we will burn out and collapse. Then that’s a huge snowball effect of self deprecation for our delay and perceived failure. I think taking in the flowers and the clouds and the other things Mr. Armstrong described, in his lovely tune, can help us kee a pace of peace rather than living in high stress and teetering on the edge of the canyon where you may or may not fall and then may or may not survive the aftermath. We need to circle the wagons in our community and begin helping those falling and getting banged up in life’s trials. Like holding on to one another. There’s beauty I seeing things through with others. Loving someone else is no small thing it’s the whole thing. It takes some time to be able to love someone just as they are knowing they have greater potential and not trying to shove them off the cliff before they are ready to fly. We as a western collective of people are at our height of offense with every breath and turn someone is offended by something new. If we go looking for offenses we will find it but if we go looking for love we will find that too.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. ~E. Roosevelt
SO… I am willing are you?
If you find you are led to invest in a great work beyond yourself here is one opportunity… when opportunity comes knocking they say… don’t miss out on making change and enriching lives!