And I was a constant example to you in helping the poor; for I remembered the words of the Lord Jesus, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
We are only given so much time in life, and I’ve learned the hard way in the last year that none of us knows how long that is. I have concluded it is foolish to waste the time we have on purely selfish pursuits. Selfishness goes against the principle upon which life has been designed and built: Love. In all Creation, we can observe circles of love, circles of giving: the rain waters the earth which fills the rivers, lakes and oceans, supporting life, and then evaporates and gives back again. Thanks to the plants and trees, we have the gift of fresh oxygen. By putting Self first we effectively remove ourself from the cycle of giving, and we become damaged. A pond which has no exchange of water quickly becomes unhealthy and stagnant. All life consists of “wheels within wheels within wheels”, interdependent and inwardly dependent. If we determine to exclude ourself, those we are linked to will adapt and keep on turning, but our choice will inevitably lead to our own death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of Love is eternal life…” (Romans 6:23)
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