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Don't Drop Your Balls
Don't Drop Your Balls
Here’s something you won’t see here often, if ever, again… a Bible quote. But at last we are left with these three: faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) When we’ve all caught our collective breath from reading El Biblio, let’s move on.
Websters’ defines these as follows:
Faith - sincerity of intentions; firm belief in something for which there is no proof; complete trust; something that is believed especially with strong conviction
Hope - to cherish a desire with anticipation; to desire with expectation of obtainment
Love - strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties, admiration or common interests; attraction based on sexual desire; devotion.
It seems to me that these three are so firmly tied together that without one, you can not have the others. But what does it mean that the “greatest” of these is love? If we go back to 8th grade algebra, perhaps love is the “C” in A+B=C. You have to have faith and hope for love to survive. Love is the answer, the end all and be all, the peak, the culmination of faith and hope.
So for me, faith is ultimate trust. It is firm trust, unshakeable, unconditional. It is just knowing that you know that you know something. But yet, if you are a bit shaky on all that knowing, there is hope. A desire with expectation of obtainment. So I can have faith in a person, in their love for me, and hope that things will work out with the expectation that they will. That is the whole crux of optimism.
Then there is the last definition of love, devotion. It might as well read, commitment. If I am truly in love with someone, I am devoted. And I expect the same from them. If we operate in faith and hope for each other, we are free to love and be devoted to each other.
On the flip side, if that devotion falters, if that commitment is broken, so are faith and hope. No longer am I able to have complete trust and faith in someone. No longer am I expecting fully to obtain my heart’s desire. I can’t, because the love isn’t there. If you take the devotion, the love, out of the equation, A+B doesn’t mean anything; it is just empty.
To me, these three virtues are like a juggler that is constantly in motion, spinning. They are the balls that work together and keep things flowing at a constant pace, regular yet exciting. Something that brings great joy, not just to one person, but to everyone around that sees that love, that juggling. If you take out one of those balls, it doesn’t work. It isn’t juggling anymore. But yet, if all of them are there, flying high, we are enveloped in happiness and motion.
Because love is like life… it is always in motion, never stagnant. It is always growing, changing, developing, or breaking. When it ceases to move, when it becomes stagnant, it dies. The ball falls to the floor and leaves the juggler red faced and sad.
I hope that whatever happens, I can keep the balls in the air. Sometimes things just click like that, and it seems that the juggling takes on a rhythm all its own with only the slightest work from the juggler. Maybe Paul should have said to the Corinthians, “So you have these three balls, right? And you’re gonna juggle them, and it’s gonna be cool. But the best one, the most important one, is this one here, love. If you drop it, that’ll suck. Then you’re just stuck holding your two balls looking like an idiot. So, don’t drop your balls.”
7/29/2005 3:03 pm
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2/3/2006 5:34 pm
The greatest of these is love.|
It is unambiguous,
it is the love energy that flows through all creation, it is a powerful force that keeps all matter (and that is to say all energy) in motion. You must have faith in the higher reason for this.
In the Richard Bach book illusions, he proposes "imagine a perfect heaven, don't you think God can imagine it infinitly better?" Hope is something more akin to tieing your own fortune to the master plan. Faith is knowing the master plan is good. Love is abiding the spirit deep in your heart and allowing it to flow through you.