"One thing the world needs now is people who can tolerate ambiguity, people who are challenged, not threatened by the state of the world."
This was said by Elizabeth Watson, a Quaker theologian, in 1980. She had several suggestions of what might need to take place first in order for this to happen:
First: "Do not seek security in things, nor yet in status....they can be taken away from you..."
Second: "Don't rest in intellectual security....Wisdom is not amassing facts..."
Third: "The only real security in the end is the love we have given and the love we have received....so pour out your love and friendship and do not hoard it..."
Lastly: "Cultivate the light touch. Develop a sense of humor. Learn to light up a room with joy when you enter. Accept the challenge of our chaotic and dangerous world with a sense of adventure, of gratitude that our time is now."
This last one caught my attention because it expressed the desire of my heart--to be able to light up a room with joy amidst so much chaos in our world....without feeling guilty about it AND without needing to hide it for fear of being labeled idealistic or worse.
We, I, can maintain a joyful attitude, if we accept who we are and our place in this world and live our lives expressing the love that God has given us. As Alan Cohen has said, "Because you carry the spark of God with you, you have the power to illuminate any time, any place." This should be all the encouragement we need to accept the challenge.
Father, thank you for loving me and enabling me to love others. Help me to view life as an adventure to be lived with gratitude for who You made me to be, not being afraid of what others may think.
Link to scripture: http://mlbible.com/proverbs/12-20.htm
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