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Pondering Our Place on God’s Green Earth

A few months ago I attended a men’s retreat through my church.  Here is what I wrote one morning:

I’m sitting by myself gazing at the calm, peaceful, serene waters affronting part of the family compound.  The grounds are beautiful and the birds – in this early morning – are chirping away, as if claiming their freedom in God’s wonderful world.

Why are we here, in this life as we experience a grain of time within the vastness of eternity?  Our minister says it’s because God does not want to be alone.  I agree, but I think there’s much, much more.  We are here to survive, strive and thrive – individually and eventually as Heaven on Earth.

Places like this remind us of God’s gift to us through nature and all its marvelous facets. But we can hide inside our self and while there is much that can be improved; there is also that mind, body and “little piece of God” that allows us to be kind to ourselves and others.

What is it about scenes such as this – grassy grounds, mature trees and placid waters – that cause us to pause, to reflect, and to wonder?  It’s just the awe of it, surrounded by living creations of God while at the same time reflecting on the water as it echoes in its own reflection.

We are not alone.  God is in us, around us, on a moment by moment basis – eternally.  Faith helps us to live, nurture our values and develop beliefs that serve as the foundation.

Spiritual leaders are important on this journey toward Heaven on Earth.  They can – first, encourage us to say and do the right things, demonstrate good behavior; second, nurture our values, the positive ones while diminishing our negative ones; third, encourage beliefs that support first, behavior, and then empowering values.

Wisdom is the key to Heaven on Earth.  And the good news is that it can be taught – and it should be, in schools, spiritual entities, government, the media, and families (of course), all human entities.  Perhaps I’m escalating, but we gain our wisdom partly by our interactions with others.  But we also gain it by our own experiences – such as this moment with the riveting and penetrating ingenuity of God’s works.

I feel God’s presence here.  We are studying in the current Sunday school class Living Waters.  The statistics on water are quite sobering – how little of our planet’s water is pollution and salt-free, liquid and accessible.

From Hurting…To Helping

We must transform the world from people hurting people to people helping people, whether one is speaking of nations, corporations, other human entities or individuals.  There is an innate sense within us that seeks to help.  Let’s see that part of us reign—one by one, million by million, billion by billion.

There is no question that each of us and all of us have an enormous role to play in that inevitable march toward Heaven on Earth, which will include peace and security, freedom, democracies, prosperity, gender harmony, racial harmony, spiritual harmony, ecological harmony and health as well as moral purpose and meaning.

The road ahead probably won’t be easy.  But it will be enormously rewarding to everyone on our planet.

God is with us.  Who can really believe that we can’t succeed?  The world is getting smaller and smaller as globalization and technology march forward.  Let us adopt the wisdom-associated values of Copthorne MacDonald and shun the negative values he identified.

First, we must strive to say and do the right thing.  My belief is that God cares about this most.  We should live “The Golden Rule.”  Second, we must cultivate the values referred to above.  Third, beliefs that support these values and behavior must be respected and adopted one by one as each person’s whole being sees fit.

After a long spiritual journey, I now describe myself as spiritual, but not religious.  At the same time, I find so much truth, wisdom and values within the loving great religions of the world.  There is no question in my mind that the spiritual leaders of the great loving religions are all-important in our march toward Heaven on Earth.