A hope note
“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”
Life’s “big things” are our personal creed, what we believe most. I composed mine 50 years ago. Although I can’t definitively prove any of it, I will gladly discuss and re-examine any part. It’s the best my little mind has been able to make sense of things. It’s something like my North Star, guardrails and compass as I wander through this vale of tears. It works for me most days.
1. “God is.”
I have friends who live good lives but do not believe in God. I confess that I am sorely pressed, in the face of pandemics and tornadoes and birth defects and cancer, to understand how there can be a good, loving God. Nevertheless, I also see wondrous design, exquisite beauty and inexhaustible kindness alongside the cancer, often in individuals who gravitate to suffering sites to lend their hearts and hands. So, I believe on.
2. “God resembles Jesus.”
I’m aware that if I had grown up in Afghanistan, I almost certainly would not know Jesus. My fascination with him came with my mother’s milk. I was indoctrinated to study and follow him. Now, as an adult, I still consider his example and his Sermon on the Mount the superior blueprint for humanity.
3. “What life requires of us is to stand for justice, practice kindness and stay humble.”
These words from Micah 6:8 advocate cultivating a heart for the lowliest, bringing hope and light where there is darkness and remembering how fragile our house of cards is in the grand scheme of things.
That’s my simple creed, and I’m sticking with it. I hope you’ll draft your own “big things” manifesto.
Happy new year!