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Hey there! This post is inspired by the awesomeness that is the Religion, Anthropology and the Human World discussion group! I wasn’t too sure how well a three hour discussion was going to go at first. I mean, come on! Three hours? That’s waaaaaay too long to discuss something, right? And having Dr. Duane Priebe sitting in? He’s going to shoot down everything we say, right? Right?
Wrong! It turns out that we could have used a lot more time on each of the subjects we covered than three hours. Heck, we could probably be actively discussing them for a week, a month, maybe a whole lifetime without exhausting all the ideas mentioned in the group.When I first visited here in 2010, I learned of a group of people that discuss the same bible verse before every meeting in order to organize their thoughts and get their juices flowing. At that time I wondered how they could keep going with the same verse each day. Now I wonder how they ever manage to switch to something else.
It’s like Houston Smith said in his book on world religions “As known unknowns become known, unknown unknowns proliferate; the larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.” Now at first this may seem like pure gobbledygook to you, but I assure you it makes sense. What I believe he’s saying here is that growing in your understanding of something doesn’t limit the amount of knowledge left to be learned, but opens your eyes to even more things to be discovered. That island he’s talking about just keeps growing, and each time it does, you realize there’s even more ocean out there.
Maybe this is why close-minded individuals can be so quick to shut other people out of their conversations. They only have enough room on their island for one person. They can’t be going around sharing it with other people. But when you do try to do this, you quickly understand that there’s a little peninsula over here, and a sand bar over there leading to another person’s island. Pretty soon that tiny island becomes a continent. Then you realize there are other continents as well, and then other planets, then other solar systems, other galaxies… the expansion can go on and on.
And then I think of love. yeah, I know. shifting from galaxies to love may seem like a bit of a stretch, but expand your island of understanding a bit and I think you’ll see mine in the distance. I think love is just like this island thing. It’s just like knowledge. The more we share it, the more we realize is out there. Well, that’s not exactly true. I mean, we’re only human. Our love has its limits.
But God’s love is truly limitless. Psalm 23 reminds us of this in the phrase “my cup overflows.” God’s love for us has no limits except for the ones WE place on it. It’s just like the island of knowledge. The more we understand and know God’s love, the more we realize that there’s more out there. Think God can’t love a sinner? Think again! Think God hates your enemies because you do? Wrong!
But there’s something that I think some people forget about at times. That cup of love? God wants us to share it. With our neighbors, our friends, our enemies, our frenemies… Everyone we meet. Don’t worry about the cup running dry, because every time we pour out that love to someone else, God’s already filled it up again.
Not sure how to share that love? Try a smile. I’m sure you’ve heard they’re contagious. Well lets start an epidemic! As always, God Bless!