Monday, April 4, 2011

Reverence For Life

    Heard about Albert Schweitzer? He was a medical missionary in Africa, an organist, a theologian and a philosopher. His greatest teaching according to Wilfred A. Petterson in The Art of Living With Others has been compressed into a spiritual capsule of three words -- reverence for life.
     Peterson describes reverence for life beautifully:
When one has reverence for life, one holds life in the highest esteem as God's gift to us. One recognizes that all life is a part of God and that God is a part of all life. One sees that the chief purpose of life -- plant, animal and human -- is to express itself. The universal affirmation of all life is the will to live, to grow, to make the most of its own unique qualities.
When a person has reverence for life that person will never do anything to harm, hinder or destroy life. Instead that person bends every effort to help life to fulfill its highest destiny. That person strives to maintain, enhance, and assist life to make the most of itself.
Reverence for having the vision to see that when even the very smallest segment of life is helped. It is using our influence to glorify and celebrate the eternal miracle of life.
     Ah, beautiful words. Accurately put.
     It is our mission here on earth to revere the life we have and that of others because we are all connected with each other. We are one. It might be easier said than done, yet we have to do it because it is in our very nature. We could not go against our nature. It might be difficult for me to do, given the tons of aches and pains I carried on my back, yet doing it one step at a time, I'll be able to revere life, my life and those around me. Hope you could do it too.

     Get happy!

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