all things considered

It’s an amazing phenomenon to step outside and the whole world simply delights you to the core.  When you see it, the sorrows of the old day are forgotten, and if not forgotten, then they’re far enough away to know that something else is surely closer–or not.

I have a tendency in life to drift away slowly.  Related to this is a tendency to obsess over fleeting earthly knowledge.  I read and look up things and want to learn.  I remember though one time about ten years ago, where I thought to myself that I didn’t want to know anything else more than I knew and studied God.  Last night I opened a Bible to a random page, started flipping through the pages, and found a part I’d once highlighted:

“Thus says the LORD:  ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” ~Jeremiah 9:23-24

I have a simple faith in Christ, and I’m content.  I don’t need to be scholar, or a master, or a student.  I will never understand the workings of God, his world, or humanity.  To that end, I have no goals.  All I want is to be and to trust and abide and to love.  In the hour of death nothing else seems to matter. Why would we live, then, in any other way?  To love God and love our neighbor seems to me like the greatest life a mortal could ever live.


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