Paradoxes create a thoughtful life - 27 March 2018

Wanda Bam

“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11

Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.”

2 Corinthians 8:7

Our lives abound with contradictions and paradoxes. We strive to improve ourselves but yet we try to love ourselves as we are. We attempt to understand the realities of our human nature yet with the understanding that we are spiritual beings. We lead, but yet often rise above our own leadership. We suffer loss, but yet the ability to love is endless. We take life for granted but know that life in itself is fragile. We live in a world where less is more, with cycles of scarcity and abundance, large and small. If we consider the two opposites, we will deem the uncertainty in the middle as valuable. That area of uncertainty as to what is real and what must take place next. It is the pause between two opposing experiences. It is in that fraction of a moment where we can become quiet, close our eyes, regain perspective and allow God to show the reality of what must take place next. To live in the extreme or the opposites is to realise and appreciate, the importance of balance once again.

We realise this when we understand that life does not just revolve around great moments such as the birth of a child or the invention of a cure for an incurable disease. When Jonas Silk invented an antidote for polio in the 1950s, he was asked about patent rights, which would inevitably have made him incredibly wealthy. His reply was, “Sunshine is not mine to patent, and neither is this.” In our fallible nature, we often wait for the huge moments in life to actually live. Without veneration or regard, Jonas found the greatest meaning in the smallest facets of life. He found the extraordinary in the ordinary.

We are affected by what happens around us, but don’t we often find the best in ourselves when we are at our worst? We can overcome tragedy and move on with life. We can find life in the presence of death. Focus on that area between everything and nothing and therein find your perspective and guidance for the next step forward.

Prayer: Lord, today teach me to see the way You see, talk as You talk and live as You want me to live.  Amen

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