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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Global Love

Updated on October 26, 2019
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Inside to Outside

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Stand Up Straight Boy

Let us start out this sermon with an observation. Global is a strange concept. Think globally and act locally. Global is such a term it makes no sense unless you put global into context of sentence or such. I, for a few years was a “GIS”, a global Internet strategist. My job was to put into global concepts the internet for developing nations. I saw quickly that we had to move slowly on the “global” scale and quickly on the internal global scale. Yes global can be applied to reference an intra-national global objective. OK my head is spinning. Glad I got out of that job.

Check out something like the 3rd definition of global in a dictionary. Yes the word is used to mean all-encompassing within a person and it is used in technology.

So I coined two phrases/concepts. “First we go inside to inside. Then inside to outside and then outside to inside” and also that “Marketing is education and education is marketing”. The concept worked and works to this day. But of course here we speak of us. I need to have an all-inclusive perspective of myself. I must be global within Eric. I do not get to be smart and unloving. It does not work that way. But once I get my me to me settled out I can go to you. Once you and I get things settled out with rules and boundaries of a personal sense you can come to me. Same with loving stuff.

I am kind of seeing a “loving myself” thing being more about ourselves than love. We need to stop that. It is not about the self that matters it is about the love. Love is more than a feeling it is action. Within ourselves we need to learn to love. That is it. It really should not be stressed that “ourselves” is the objective. Loving is the objective. And if we can learn within (inside to inside) to love then we can reach out. And then we can do the inside to outside and Lord help us we can do the outside to inside with a wonderful fashion and just shine it back baby, shine it back.

Global love. How easy is that. Shucks I can even reach South Africa and India with my love and they can reach back. Does it start with family of origin? No it does not have to. Think of wars and then the love and peace trains that can follow. Think of slights by parents and siblings, and the peace and love train can come after the conflict.

The Religion of Love

From Father To Son

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No Free Love Ride

We must realize our contribution to global love. If I hold a grudge I just live inside to inside and my impact of love from inside to outside just plain stinks up our global community. I have to admit I am a bit of a co-dependent. Fine. How I make you feel means a whole/global lot to me. If my love is not global to you, I stink. A country without community of other nations is just plain hell. We know who they are. And we know Eric when he isolates and shows a frown and anger instead of love and compassion to others. If I do not contribute love then what do I contribute. For years I have not wanted to find out. Just give a little shout out before you get into your car to drive and set good intentions to do no harm. Never drive in anger. Leave that danged phone and internet alone when your inside to inside is more smouldering than a bubbling brook. Oh hell yes, I know this from mistakes not from innate wisdom.

Now I am going to buy a new bike helmet. Sure it is for my head and neck. But that is inside to inside, a little about me. But my wife worries and so the new helmet is also from my inside to outside. I was in a bad pickle in the middle of nowhere. My son looked at me and asked if I was a giver or a taker. You may not and cannot take from the outside without giving of your inside. I made the hike. It was not brutal. As setting up a decision to give rather than to take was huge in my life. And some call me old. Better being learning when old than to stop learning.

So we just do some literary skipping here. Wahoo. I get to give. Really just a little effort when effort seems hard. If you are a billionaire do not get puffed up by giving 1,000. If you are a pauper and you give a dollar I raise you up. I had a perfect day just a few ago. Yes my handshake meant something. But on a bad day it means more. But to do that no matter the issues inside I have to be square with inside. Trillions in debt but the USA gives trillions. What kind of nation is that? Perhaps I struggle financially but my taxes help poor. I cannot bemoan that fact.

This is coming out early.

Look For The Beauty and Wonder

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First Alone

Take That Love To The Limit!

Extra water gallons are filled. Cars are filled with gas and the house will be hosed down – needed it is fall cleaning anyway, yuk the filth. Important stuff is by the door. And food is set to go. Batteries are all checked and the camp stove ready. “Red Flag” and thousands already evacuated. Just another day of heat on our coastal desert. I heard a record high for the close coast line. They have closed many schools and our area is next. Over 100,000 without power. Special cooled centers set up for those at risk like seniors and disabled and evacuees. The worst conditions I have seen in over a decade.

That smell my son asked me about last night. Like a barbeque but none going on. Just burnt grass from sun and wind. Just for fun I fried an egg on the sidewalk*. That is real. Our people are ready. They have already sent fighters north and contained two nasty fires here. So the beat goes on. Food and water in the car and wife and child oblivious. Such is life in the desert.

Now we have our inside the home all taken care of. We are good to go inside. But you cannot stop there. We have to do some outside. First order of business is to check on old folk around. (all to the good) The next step is to buy a few gallons of water to place where homeless gather. The next order of business is to go back and double check the inside to inside.

Then you take calls and emails from family and friends who are just checking up on you. That wonderful outside to inside. And because your inside to inside and inside to outside is clean and proper you can take that outside in and give some love back and the our entire globe is effected in love and peace. Synergism of good at least in some ways and places replace anger and hate and resulting violence. You are spreading the love babe and bro!! Please let us not forget to spread this to our nature and animals also. If our inside is together we can.

And lastly, those of us in the outside can still spread the love to another’s inside. Us outside are never prevented from effecting another’s inside.

*Actually a frying pan of black set out, and the egg was a bit “soupy”.

Let The Outside In

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    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      7 months ago from london

      Thank you, Bro.

      I did not mention the most difficult. Some call this 'letting go.' Surrender is the most difficult. Work from where you are. We cannot move faster than Grace. More Peace to you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My friend you corrected me. This is love.

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      7 months ago from london

      I don't rebuke. You are a very special dream of God ... a part of me. We serve together, you and I. In this way we become more helpful to aspiring mankind. My prayers are with you. Hold fast!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marvelous and marvelous my friend you rebuke as in to correct, and I repent as in to turn around and walk another way. And that is love. These things are and are always made in good. This is kindness.

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      7 months ago from london

      Im not with you. What battle? Your health? Or grief with someone?

      Health is one struggle and dealing with humans is another. Ultimately they merge. Loving is the only way but it comes according to our receptivity. Faith ... prayer ...Silence ...gratitude ...service

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita I am struggling with a piece about out battle. I just cannot sit down and reconcile. This is the juice of life. Let us never relieve ourselves from the struggle or the peace.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well then, Gabe and I will give a big healthy prayer out to Texas today. We wish you and yours well.

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      7 months ago from london

      Thanks.

      Take it easy too.

      I may travel again to visit 'sis' in Texas. She has serious probs.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, Mom is being stressed out. Not good but normal for hard corporate workers. But Gabe and I are blowing the roof off with fun and love. That deal of family and a global home of love cures all, but take it easy.

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      manatita44 

      7 months ago from london

      An incredibly beautiful and inspired piece! I tend to enjoy these pieces from beginning to end. Love is the Source and you, Bill, me, Linda L, Ms Dora and some more, will continue to talk about it.

      Repetition is an awesome thing in spiritual living and quite crucial. Don't the Saviours keep on coming? aren' t we re-reading the sacred texts?

      Sending you lots of Love and good will. More Peace on earth and all glory to the most High. Amen

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Cynthia, thanks for coming by and leaving a note. We are back to a "red flag" schedule. We had a couple of beautiful days.

      Halloween and Say no to drugs week is here. So were are busy with stuff. And it is winter planting time for us. Today I set up rows and tomorrow plant.

      I guess my point is, we are a little to busy for issues.

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      Cynthia Zirkwitz 

      7 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      I pray that you and your family are safe, with water, and breathable air.

      I do understand that it is hard to love someone as you love yourself UNLESS you actually do love yourself. That takes some awareness and adjustments, or surrender. I'm happy that you are onto that-- it sounds like what could have been a moment-of-meltdown became a beginning of adventure with your loved ones right at your side. Blessings!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much my good friend Linda. You made me think of the phrase "God's love is all we need." I suppose that could mean sending out God's love.

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      Linda Lum 

      7 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, you are so right. It has to come from the inside out. You can't love others if you can't love yourself. That means forgiving yourself for the stupid/bad/wrong things you've done, decisions you've made, things you didn't do. Know that you are loved in all capital letters by God and then pay it forward.

      I love you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, prayers of the people include all. Sunday is our day to spread the love. Thank you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Global love is an interesting concept, It is action that reaches inside, outside and all around. We do well to think more about that.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Happy I find nothing strange in eating a raw egg.

      We have a sign on the door leaving the house to pray. We think that the world should expect nothing less from us. Namaste.

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      Mr. Happy 

      7 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Just give a little shout out before you get into your car to drive and set good intentions to do no harm." - I do the Zoroastrian prayer: "Think good thoughts. Say good words. Do good deeds." I find that hepls.

      Just learned a new wod: "a pauper". Never seen this word before. Thank You.

      "Just burnt grass from sun and wind." - You know, last summer we had some bad fires here. Entire forests up in flames. And as I was driving north on a highway, with my windows down, I smelled a strange smell. It was like a charcoal smell, not smoke. So much forest had burned that the charcoal smell was everywhere and far from where the fires were happening.

      I don't mind "soupy" eggs. My grandma used to tell me how when she was a young teacher and had to rush-out early in the morning, she would take an egg and poke a hole on each end, sucking-out the insides, raw. Then, off she went to work/school, haha!! Imagine that life. Wow. Raw eggs? Soupy is fine but raw? lol

      Anyway, I woun't keep You since You're busy. Haha!! : )

      Be good. May Wakan Tanka always walk with You.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi! John and a big howdy. We sure have prayed for your land. I tend to pay attention to such. I had to explain the stuff about being ready on a drive with my son yesterday. At the end he just said "So you got it covered dad, right?" Of course.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Your comment just hit me hard Bill. You just did it. You took the action of loving me by your comment in grace. Seems like some of us just do that as habit. It is just our first reaction. Hmm, "the habit of love?"

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      John Hansen 

      7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I know what the people in your are and surrounds are going through, after the drought and fires here. Hopefully there are many others like you and your family, Eric, giving from the inside out etc. love has to start locally and spread.

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      William Kovacic 

      7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      "Love is more than a feeling it is action." I like that, Eric. I tell that to my church on a regular basis because sometimes I don't think they get it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene they are without notice rolling blackouts here. Water and gas are all good. One mile down and they are out. Strangest thing but it is good for my son to learn. Our love never goes out in our energy to good friends like you, We pray for you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish we are having a great time inside today. Forts and battles. A bunch of hugging going on, Love here flourishes. About time for water fights outside..

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 months ago from USA

      You write well and I always enjoy reading your articles, but I'm going to say this is one of my favorite articles. I can totally relate to the concept of inside to inside, inside to outside, and outside to inside. Your explanations are so right on!

      Our power is due to go out any moment now. I'm typing fast to get through this comment before I hear that sound we have become familiar with... silence and then all electrical power is gone.

      We're ready for it. Stay safe dear friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      Between the inside and the outside this is a whiplash o’ love.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela, I have had a great life. A friend since kindergarten told me that I always fought for small and nerdy guys like him. I corrected him. I fought because i loved to fight. Another early childhood friend told me that he thought I was BS about love, until he noticed I had been preaching it for years.

      God did bless me with a magic wand, he just picks me up when I fail. he is one busy God.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Eric, it sounds like you got all your ducks in a row. Going without electricity is tough. Spreading love in your neightborhood is an act of love. Giving water to the homeless is an act of love in your area, but thinking globally is a bigger demand for love I think as it is more difficult except to spread loving messages of Hubpages.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I love that song, thank you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sweet Ruby you and are so blessed to grow in love and our relationship. I am reminded of Dionne.

      https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-i...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      It is so easy to think of ourselves, globally is harder. I like your concept of giving from the inside to the outside. The world is getting smaller every day. I've been watching the fires burning on the nightly news. Being alert and ready is the way to go. Your sermon is a wonderful reminder that people are hurting all over the world and to share is a good thing. I also liked your mention of the rich man who gave a thousand, but I like even more, the preacher man who gave water to the homeless. Let's pray for a downpour to stop the fires...

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Bill. I think I read that dark chocalate is really good for you. You made me hungry for it.

      Love grows. You just cannot stop it when it starts.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I can't wrap my simple brain around globally, but I do have it in me to love locally and allow that to spread like a fungus outward. Probably not a fungus....more like a rising tide of chocolate. Everyone loves chocolate, right?

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