The Whole Point

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The Whole Point

I awoke this morning with a lot to do and one thing on my mind.

My waking thought was “the whole point.”

Why “the whole point?”

Maybe because I’ve been working on the idea of what it means to be “fully human” based on the Hans Rookmaaker quote. “Jesus didn’t come to make us Christian He came to make us fully human.” It includes an exploration of “shalom” the Hebrew word for peace, which really means completeness.

Before I went to bed I was reading the TIME magazine (May 5, 2008) article “There can only be one.” On the cover is a spooky picture –one presidential candidate consisting of half of Obama’s face and half of Hillary’s pasted together.

Maybe I was trying to make wholeness of the fragmentation of presidential politics.

Then I thought about my own life–I moved to an island in part to detox from busyness on the mainland and find myself tyrannized by deadlines off island and the compelling draw of being involved with relationships on the island.

Wholeness is more than balance and it is more than fullness. The “life more abundant” Jesus talked about isn’t just spinning the plates better nor is it adding more good things to an already full plate of good things.

I went downstairs and began my morning routine of reading, meditating and praying.

This came from Tolstoy, “remember you do not abide but rather pass through this life. You are not in a home, but on a train that takes you to death. Remember only your body will die and only the spirit is truly alive.”

I know this much for sure–fully human is sacredly human and requires attentiveness to the spiritual.

Then I turned to my “Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings From the Northumbria Community” and read this.

“If you cannot cherish what it is the Lord is doing in your life, at least do NOT waste what He is doing in your life.”

In my life I’ve gone through more than a few periods of transition marked by uncertainly accompanied by a lack of sure-footedness.

I’m in one now.

I think I am being taken apart and put back together again. How discomforting to see parts strewn across the floor with no clue how they get put back together again, or whether some of them will be discarded.

Cherishing this time and not wasting it seems important.

Wholeness is not going to come easy.

I cannot do it alone.

I need family and good friends.

I need God.

I think that’s the Whole Point.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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