“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Good afternoon, friends. I sure hope you are focused on safety today. I’ve invoked my “100 Degree Rule”; whenever the weather approximates 100 degrees or more I wear shorts. I just don’t see any reason to be miserable…
In yesterday’s sermon I spoke more than I ever like to about hate. Hate, to me, is like the briar patch at the edge of the woods. You see it, you know it’s there, but you’re much better off if you simply avoid it. Yesterday I couldn’t, but today I can so I’m attempting to soothe my soul by thinking about love this morning.
I am absolutely fascinated by Goethe’s quote and not just because of the love. More and more I’m aware that our lives have much in common with soup. Whatever we introduce into the soup of our lives will ultimately flavor us. Some additives come from the outside while others come from the inside. Some additives are intentional while others are accidental. Some are conscious while others are anonymous. Our lives are crazy, mixed up soups!
But let me not leave you with the thought that we are without any influence on our own lives. If fact I would suggest the opposite; we have the lion’s share of influence over ourselves. We choose (mostly) what we do, and we certainly choose how we receive. We choose to whom we relate. We choose the majority of our lives and Goethe points to the big choice: to love or not.
If you want to make the flavor of your life better then practice love. But I warn you: love is akin to opening a door to your heart. You will, as Goethe attests, begin to be shaped and fashioned by that which you love. Love wildly. Love freely. Love aggressively. Just be aware of what walks into your life, flavoring it so to speak, from that which or whom you love. The risk is worth it, I say, just be aware of the risk you are taking. So love, friends, and be loved. And have a great week!