“the expression of our love”

i was walking through Target yesterday telling Allison about a surprising-yet-competely-obvious revelation i was in the midst of.

“i have so much capacity to be an absolute jerk to people.”  (silence as we walked past a couple aisles). “that’s probably not a good thing.”

in a few different ways, me and the world have had it out this week. the hurried lady in Target who had just cut me off with her shopping cart didn’t help. fortunately i held my tongue, but i still thought things. jerkish things. gonna-make-you-regret-waking-up-today type things. the stunningness of my revelation was not that i can be a jerk (that is well-covered territory). the revelation was that my response to people (manifest in any number of ways) is an unmistable expression of my love for God.

put by giant Henri Nouwen:

Perhaps we must continually remind ourselves that the first commandment requiring us to love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind is indeed the first.  I wonder if we really believe this.  It seems that in fact we live as if we should give as much of our heart, soul, and mind as possible to our fellow human beings, while trying not to forget God.  At least we feel that our attention should be divided evenly between God and our neighbor.  But Jesus’ claim is much more radical. He asks for a single-minded commitment to God and God alone.  God wants all of our heart, all of our mind, and all of our soul.  It is this unconditional and unreserved love for God that leads to the care of our neighbor, not as an activity that distracts us from God or competes with our attention to God, but as an expression of our love for God… We might even say that only in God does our neighbor become a neighbor rather than an infringement upon our autonomy, and that only in and through God does service become possible.

(quote scooped by SG)


~ by bradherndon on March 5, 2009.

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