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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Love of Life

Updated on May 4, 2016

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A light that is only a reflection of another light
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Why not?

Now there is great consternation among many regarding those of us that believe God is a feel good love. Some of us believe that God is in each of us and a culmination of that love of all of us. We believe that wrong and wickedness is a separation from that love within and without. The concept includes the notion that nothing has ever been done that is bad, if it was done in love. Indeed that to do wrong requires us to set aside love. I have done many wrongful things in my life. I have not lived without sin. For some reason the sinning part seems to have lessened as I have grown older – interesting thought. But as I reflect as I am want to do in my second half century I cannot find one of those sins that was done in love.

Good food for thought comes from a notion that is not uncommon in our common world. “we must pick between the lessor of two evils”. That idea is not really a reflection of a reality. Because the very fact that we are contemplating which action will cause the least harm means we are trying not to act in evil. Sometimes we must move forward no matter what. Sometimes any movement will cause harm to another. Sometimes even not moving will cause harm. That is a reality. It is a reality that can cause the contemplative to become moribund and static. But it is my belief that if your actions even in this worse case scenario are done in love, that even the “harm” done will benefit the recipient. Declaring a winner and a loser benefits the winner and harms the loser, yet even the loser benefits from the experience and maybe even more so than the winner. I admit to growing as much from losses as I have from wins. The difference is often the amount of love that is in the mix. And sometimes we must thin out crops to get the highest yield.

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Instrumentals don't cloud my mind with words

Love does not get in the way.

In this time on earth I still have not yet met the person without love. I read that they are out there but I have not encountered one yet. I think we generally call them psychopaths. We recognize that there is something seriously wrong with them. We recognize that they are an anomaly and not at all normal. Because of movies and films and spectacularized news accounts we think of them as capable of great evil. It would seem that is the exception within the exception but it tells us something about the absence of love. Bad things happen in the absence of love.

The day to day and the absence of love is an area worth thinking about. “I have a job to do and love is simply not a part of it”. Does a welder down at the shipyard go about his work in love? Well now, that would be entirely up to her. Certainly the task at hand does not preclude loving the work. Interactions with co-workers and supervisors does not preclude acting in love. Last time I worked in an office setting I directed my attention to the amount of time that we spent hardcore communicating solely about work and how much time we spent communicating about each other. It was kind of part of my job to know about productivity and efficiency. What I found was that what the communications were about was less important than the manner of communicating. Upbeat uplifting people left positive attitudes in their wake. Negative nasty people left resentments and negative feelings toward the task at hand. It takes no genius to figure out which is better for productivity and efficiency. People just cannot turn off their minds and feelings. (should we?) So smart management is just as focused on what is going on in their midst relating to relationships as to the job at hand. Therefor we can see that a loving attitude is a more productive attitude in general. Love is not a sidetrack or a waste of time – ever. Building each other up creates optimization and the best way to lift someone up is to let them know they are loved. All self-esteem that is worthy stems from this concept. Otherwise it is merely attached to an event and fleeting. Tell me I did something good and I am happy. Tell me I am a good person and I am joyful.

“I don’t care how you feel about it, just get it done” is counterproductive. We are not talking about “I love you man” and bro hugs. Although those may be fine. We are talking about courtesy, respect and an outward showing of caring. Real love is not a “look at me, I am loving” concept. It is a day on day on day consistency of interest in another. It is not easy, it is not fast and it most certainly is not one moment. There must be a mindset of love within us. That must be nurtured and cared for over time. We must not only feel it but condition our minds to make it the first thought and the last thought.

Lost in thought is good, lost in love is great!

Sometimes we have to let go to let love.
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Maybe God's light is love

You already have the blessing of love

Let us take a look at me for a moment. I am pretty much solitary. Given a choice I would rather take a hike alone through wilderness than attend a party. I like to stay up in my head and others interfere with that. Silence is truly golden for me. I indeed find myself coming up with reasons to be alone. Given just to the proclivities of my mind I find social interaction quite often a waste of time. Small talk makes me nervous and antsy. I share this because while it may be pervasive in my mind, there is probably a little bit of it in all of us. And in fact to be healthy we must recognize it and give it respect.

Love does not operate in a vacuum. Oh sure in solitude we can find love of nature, the arts and of being in the moment now. We can even and most importantly find and nurture that love that is most important with our God. And truth be told, we can be satisfied with that. In fact it is a good thing to make sure we set aside time for such solitary endeavors. Being with ourselves is a good thing to get comfortable with. But I am sure you can see the serious problem with taking this too far.

Love is to be shared. That is just an immutable fact. It is not just a should thing or a better thing it is a must thing. Forget what you get from others. Forget the mundane social interactions. Certainly forget the gossip. And forget how another’s knowledge and advice can have a beneficial impact on your life. Just think for a moment about that moment in which you give your love to another. Maybe just a kind ear to listen to the woes of a near stranger. Perhaps just being there and emotionally available to someone in need. Maybe if you are so blessed a helping hand to one less fortunate or in hard times. And even those wonderful times when you are there to share a moment of joy and amplify it by your mere joining in the experience. And never forget the beauty of a shared struggle.

In this sharing we are brought into the fullness of life. We become connected to the great big love that exists in all of us. There is a synergism that occurs and in that even the most jaded will find God as manifested through love. Please do the world a favor and go join in the love today.

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      Clive Williams 13 months ago from Nibiru

      food for thought

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Clive -- this is the only food that does not make me fat!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I am high on life, buddy, and I never have a hangover. :)

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for spreading that "high" all around Bill, you are an inspiration.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is beautiful! Sharing love with others is something we all can do. The evening news shared a story of a young boy who could only see light, he had never seen his mother's face A doctor put on a device that let him see his mother's face for the first time. The smile on his face was a joy to see. The device cost thousands. The next evening the newscaster announced that people had sent in enough money to purchase it for the boy. I think there's a lot of love out there. Thanks for an uplifting sermon.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Beautifully stated, dear Eric.

      Love is indeed a beautiful gift to share all around this world! I really love your line, "never forget the beauty of a shared struggle." There is so much hurt going on in this world, and we may feel useless, but we are all capable of listening.

      Peace, love and blessings always

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, thank you for sharing that story with us. Love, goodness and kindness is all around us, if we keep an open heart. Your poetry shows a quality of love that is heartening.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Theresa, it is good to hear from you. I often give thanks for being able to give love. There is truly a gift in giving it away.

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      Tim Mitchell 13 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Love . . . a bottom line is it cannot be compared; it simply is. A bottom line is it cannot be owned; it is freely shared. Thank you for sharing Love today Eric. Sending huggs and Love . . . to all . . .

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Tim for the visit and great comment. We have the whole day to go share.

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      Denise W Anderson 13 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Like my grandfather used to say, "A bell is no bell until you ring it. A song is no song until you sing it. And love in the heart wasn't put there to stay. Love isn't love until you give it away." It took me a long time to understand that concept, but the older I get, the more it makes sense. By ourselves, we are nothing. When we are in the company of others, God's love shines through us to bless their lives. There is no getting around it!

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is really cool Denise. Thanks for taking the time to bless this sermon with such a great saying.

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      RTalloni 13 months ago from the short journey

      Indeed, the amount of love that is in the mix makes the difference, even if others don't know the true definition of love or recognize it when confronted with it.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey good fellow RTalloni, you just made me stop and ponder. Early this morning I met with friends. As I look back, I think one was showing me the love and I missed it. Yes I am sure I did. I have to work on my receptors. Thanks for the reflection.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 13 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you are God's emissary of love. You understand it and you distribute it well. "Love is to be shared." We just can't talk about it and not practice it. Thanks for the reminders.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora I am really pushing myself to get out and share. I have been caught up in this corral of alone - which I really like. But that ain't the deal, it is not given to keep, it is given to give. Shame on me.

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      Linda Lum 13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - Our God did not create us to be separate and alone. We are here to support, and help, and guide, correct, and most certainly love one another. That is what Jesus did.

      As I read this hub I found again another connection that you and I share. I am not a gregarious outgoing person. If given the choice I would opt to work on my own rather than being part of a team. I don't enjoy "small talk". But do I not like people? Certainly not. In fact, I have found that since I have retired I have become one of those "I will talk with you in the checkout line" people (...whether you want me to or not LOL).

      Interaction on "my" terms? Maybe. Selfish? I guess. I need to work on that. But when I smile, I find that 99 times out of 100 people smile back. We all crave that interaction, acceptance. And, the love.

      Again my brother, that's what you preach, and that's what it's all about!!

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Linda. I suppose I should give a little extra effort toward interactions. I know from experience that it won't hurt me any.

      Have a great day!

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      Devika Primić 13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A thoughtful hub about sharing love. Only you know how to explain and write a hub as this one.

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      I had to bring an umbrella to your sermon today, because it is raining on this side of the lake. You are so gregarious, outspoken, and articulate in your writing that I never took you to be the strong silent type. Like you, I tend to immerse myself in myself - How did the rock group Yes put it - "Don't surround yourself with yourself," and often in life it has been to my own detriment. I try to remedy this, to become more outgoing, but it is hard for an old crank like me to change his habits. Wonderful words!

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Devika, that is a very uplifting thing to say and I appreciate it.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel my buddy tells me that I am my own worst company. But he is a Chula Vistan attorney so what does he know. I set up appointments to see folks today. I am very proud of myself. Here's a thought; "us isolationists need to stick together"

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      I think we need to form an introverts club. The meetings would be pretty boring, though.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      But at least I could say I went to see buddies. Please no touching and hugging. Damn if that don't make me actually feel -- no thanks.

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      Promise no bro hugs at the Introverts club. We'll just basically sit in our separate corners and ignore each other.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cool but we will be there, and that gets us some Kudos from our shrink friends.

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      Keeps my parole officer off my back too.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well I ain't goin' back

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      Shaloo Walia 13 months ago

      A beautiful message! Your Sunday sermons are so inspiring and uplifting...Keep up the good work :)

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Shaloo, it is good to hear from you. I appreciate your encouragement.

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      Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

      what a wonderful sermon, love and compassion I feel go hand and hand.. Can you agree? always enjoy reading your sermons..

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I definitely agree Frank. One without the other is hard to imagine.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 13 months ago from New Delhi, India

      This is beautiful Sermon!

      I agree with you that there is a lot of love everywhere in the World. Sharing love with others is something we all can do and we should do.

      Thank you for another great Sunday Sermon!

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you friend for sharing some with me.

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      Lawrence Hebb 13 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Really good thought here, that a thing done 'in love' can not be a bad thing even when the person you're doing it for might disagree!

      I think of my Grandfather who had a stroke when I was four, the hospital told my Grandmother"you have to be cruel to be kind" and make him do things!

      He never saw it as kindness yet it was as he got some mobility back as a result!

      Good thoughts

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for sharing with us Lawrence. I hope all is well for you.

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      Lawrence Hebb 13 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Yep Eric all is well. If somewhat hectic!

      Lawrence

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      manatita44 12 months ago from london

      A most wonderful and beautiful article. Great videos and marvellous colours. Thank you, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you friend. It is so wonderful that we can join in celebration of life. Alone, writing is one thing, but together with each other is great.

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