Wednesday, July 15, 2009

How connected are we?

In the book "Living your strengths" there is a section on "Connectedness". That sense that in a way we are all connected. Even though we are individuals with our own judgements and free will, we are part of something larger. We are not isolated from one another or from the earth and life on it. There is a responsibility that means if we harm others, we harm ourselves. Our awareness of these responsibilities creates our value system.

"We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

Based on this we can state the following truths for people of faith:

1. All things work together in a purposeful manner.

2. Being connected to life from God, we have a responsibility to be considerate, caring and accepting of others.

3. We become bridge builders for getting people to go beyond themselves.

4. We empathise with the hurting and have compassion.

5. Through faith, we are able to encourage and be encouraged though difficult times because we realize that God provides meaning, comfort and confidence.

Perhaps the strongest example of this in scripture is the following verse:

"Make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4:3-6)

It seems to me that the opportunities and challenges that we face today call for a fresh understanding and perhaps restatements of our faith in God. I am looking for new ways to say it and to live it today.

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