I admire SO many people! The wisdom and inspiration of people like Maya Angelou, Dietrich Boenhoffer, Michelle Obama, Jim Wallis (and many, many more) give me food for thought and action.
I feel very small and insignificant at times and the weight of the world’s pain feels heavy. It feels like my daily life is just a very, very small drop in a huge bucket of trauma, hunger, anger, hatred, despair, and ugly.
I cannot pick a single quote or inspiration. It takes all of us, as humans to build each other up and support goodness. I am a Christian (of the Lutheran variety) and live by faith and spirit. I want the world to be whole as God created it to be. So my biggest inspiration comes from my faith and a single passage is my favorite “quote.” I believe in unconditional love!
From 1 Corinthians … “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
This informs my life, my parenting and my personal choices. I want, first and foremost, for my children to know this unconditional love to the very core of their being. No matter what faith journey they choose/have chosen, I want them to live in love. I want them to swim in love, fly with love, give with love, receive with love, speak with love, and act with love.
I want to believe that my life and love with my children is my own intentional drop in the large bucket and that the ripples of each child becomes the change that we need in this world.
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