Thursday, September 12, 2013


Here is a great secret of the Bible: Your longing to become all you were meant to be is a tiny echo of God’s longing to begin the new creation.  The rabbis spoke of this as tikkun olam -- to fix the world.  The more concerned you are about your own fulfillment, the less fulfilled you will be.  When your life is devoted to yourself, it is as small as a grain of wheat.  When your life is given to God, however, it is as if that grain is planted in rich soil, growing into part of a much bigger project.

The picture used at the end of the Bible is that of a wedding, a glimpse of what God has been up to all this time:  "I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband."  One day there will be a glorious harmony between God and all that He has made.  God wants no one left out.  As you flourish, you help in God’s re-creation of the world He wants to see.

-- John Ortberg in The Me I Want to Be


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