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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; When Life Gets in the Way of Love

Updated on October 7, 2018
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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Live in Life

Leading a good life is essential for health, love, wealth and our contribution to others in our community. Of course that community just might want to include our whole world. Let us take a second to see the difference between world and earth. Or we could say, globe, planet earth. But for me “world” somehow includes humanity “more” than “earth does”. And so many religions have deep ties to the meaning of earth as dirt. Maybe the most known concept in the world regarding earth is something that is really not a direct Biblical quote: Ashes to ashes and dirt to dirt. Genesis 3? Kind of like we are grown in dirt and return there in passing.

So above we can see that the physical is mentioned in world and earth. But for some reason they do not seem to encompass the spirit. Maybe our spirits are not of this world. That sounds good for a sound bite but it lacks the ability to undergo scrutiny. Art for instance is part of this world from song to painting and more. Certainly our beliefs and faiths are part of this world.

It is well and good to consider love as part of this world. However we would say that the greatest teacher of love ever was not “part of this world”. I never really have bought into the notion that humans are not part of our natural order. Man bad other animals good? However we note that we are a very tiny part of that considering that dinosaurs lasted millions and millions of years. And if you go all scientific on us, man maybe 100,000 years and cockroaches only about 300 million years.

I have friends that question my faith because I believe rock formations can be 1 billion years old. I am always just amazed at that. I believe in God and if God wants to make rocks 1 billion years old, I am sure he is fully capable of that. So right back around to “earth” and “world”. Hmm, are earth and world different in their creation?

Don’t look at me for answers. I suggest you look inside for answers of such importance to our spiritual growth. And that concludes this portion of the sermon. Many would say that paying attention to such thoughts gets in the way of life. Again don’t look at me, I think love gets in the way of life sometimes.


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So there is a husband and wife. One is very learned in matters of the spirit. The other, not so much. However the one “not so much” goes to church religiously. And the learned one does not so much. They get along very well as neither claims a higher level of piety. The one pretty much goes with a full head of faith and acceptance of rituals and mainstream preaching. The other goes with a full head of faith and acceptance of differences in preaching.

So we wonder about our happy couple. Is one maybe letting life get in the way of the spirit and love within us? Is the other not getting into life enough to let the light burn within and without? Perhaps that is a stupid “chicken of egg” first question. But not to me because I place my spirituality in front of me. I can’t so much as go into a grocery store without my love beating me there. Don’t get me wrong I still like to shuck and jive with the world. I like learning from folks who think their ideas and ways are the only correct ones. That takes somewhat rude prodding. Or nowadays we might call that brutal honesty or even the opposite of co-dependency.

So why do we give a darn about all this mumbo jumbo about thoughts that will never change our lives as in “a” life? Speaking solely for me I get tangled up. Love is right there guiding me but I get all into the day to day. Here is an example; “I have to wash my wife’s car”. Instead of “I get to clean that baby so my baby can look good and be happy, don’t forget the inside part the door ‘jam’ “. That first is outside/life and the second inside/life. I am happy with one and not happy with the other one, even though it is the same chore.

Here is a fun one just to giggle at. Trudging actually means to walk with a purpose. Which most likely is a part of spirituality. Sprinting is to get to the end as fast as you can. Is life getting in the way of love here. We think “sprinting” good, “trudging” bad. Go figure. (really think about trudging, it is like a walk through life with purpose yet difficult at times)

Maybe the first two parts here are kind of boring.

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Feeling Good

Exercise That Love

Confused and confusion are two different things. One who cannot understand another person’s position or otherwise have empathy get confused by others. Some will often use “confused” to mean that they have confusion in their position. I can confuse you because you cannot possible see my point of view. You have “confusion” if you cannot see your point of view. So if you say you are confused by this sermon it would mean that it made you question your own thoughts and you are confused as to what they are in questioning them.

My young son confuses me because he thinks independently without direction from life experience. And what that really means is that he makes me question my life’s engrained faith and pre-suppositions. This is partially why children are our greatest teachers. (check out Luke 2, a great story about a child teacher)

This really kind of spells it out. Life really cannot get in the way of love unless we choose to let it. If you want to go sit on a mountain top and do beautiful mantras for years on end, I suggest you do that. But do not pretend that you are really like a radio station sending your love out into the world and galaxy.

One of the most critical parts of love is the “lantern” part. The being a light onto the world. You simply cannot be a light for others without being in “life”. Of course we can pray for others and send our angels and love to them in our deep meditative state. But dudes, check it out. There is a saying that you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink. That is a load. Make him thirsty and he will drink. What difference is man. By interaction with love to our fellows we can make them thirsty for the spirit of love within us. Not really a coveting but more a synergistic desire to have what love offers. And love has that crazy truth that the more you take and the more you give the more everyone has. This kind of stuff makes me all happy inside. And I think all happy outside. Perhaps not a happy but rather a joyous.

How about not doing handouts but doing hand ups. Not pushups but pullups. We teach that teamwork is exponentially more powerful than going at it on your own. Maybe like for every two you can do the work of ten alone?

And if we carry our love into the world and share their life’s burden by spreading the love around, we can do one thousand times more than all by ourselves. Get your love torch out and light the way.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      I just love that question Chris. Being of less than sound mind and body I always just fall back on my philosophy ridiculousness. Why?

      Too fun. Much love back to you in the sky.

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      11 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      They always say, love is the answer. But, what is the question? :)

      I could be trudging but more often find myself sprinting and set on auto-pilot too. I will take some lessons from this read for sure.

      Love from the sky~

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Liz I let my boy get in the way of deep thought. Thank goodness today. Of course now he has me thinking about his shoes stuck on the roof.

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      So much to ponder on in this article that I feel like I need to read it over several times.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Sean I was reading a very interesting book. About over coming in the competitive arena. It had a full chapter on Free Will. It is so fantastic that we get to choose. A symphony or a funeral drudge.

      I go a bit further, we are able to pick friends, thank you for being one.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      12 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      "Get your love torch out and light the way."

      You said it all my brother! Thank you for this gem!

      Εἰρήνη πᾶσι - eirene pasi - "peace to all"!


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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Manatita, we are doing 2 Tim 1 around here today. Paul is my mentor of writing. Questions at first varnished in truth. Then we fall pray to indecision. And then love rescues us from to much thought - I think most shy at that. Not us, as the boy climbs the ladder to be upon the roof to get a ball down. We live adventure in both the day and the thought.

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      12 months ago from london

      A supremely beautiful and inspired piece! You have put quite a lot together, like taking from an invisible team and coming up with a solution. Awesome!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dora, my boy and I just did a "twice baked" Apple. Cinammon, carrots, strawberry, bannana and a touch of brown sugar snack.

      We are sharing the love. Thank you Lord Jesus for this is the day that the Lord has made.

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      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      "By interaction with love to our fellows we can make them thirsty for the spirit of love within us." This is my take away truth today. I also like your conclusion. Love has to be shared in order for it to benefit the lover. Thanks for sharing your insights.

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      Eric Dierker 

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


      It is not so long ago that Faxes were our world's instant communication across our globe. Now it is real time.

      But it clears the question about whether or not our love is more instantaneous. I believe it is. Love reaches more corners of the world and faster than our internet. Love is faster than electronics.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Your Sermons are always so inspirational, and this one is no different. I enjoyed going through it. Your explanations about the Earth, the World and so on are beautiful. Love is the core and there is no doubt about that. Loving fellow human beings is in fact loving the Supreme.

      Thanks for sharing another beautiful hub!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thanks Denise, I always love your comments and articles. I had not thought about the exhaustion part. You are so right. Why would it be we are more tired at night on a Monday? :-)

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      Eric Dierker 

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


      Such joy it is to have good friends that share their love with me. Oh probably 30+ my elder son took a lopsided love for just one of our dogs. It was obvious. So I asked him why. Quite simply he replied that Oso needed his love more. I still do not know what to make of it.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      12 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Love is a wonderful thing. There is the "being" part of love that radiates from us when we are filled with love, and there is the "doing" part that inspires us to do for others or with others because we love them. When life gets in the way of love, we lose track of one or the other of these things, and fall into that "I don't care" mentality. I find that this happens when my "doing" gets ahead of my "being" and I end up physically exhausted. Finding a balance is key.

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      Venkatachari M 

      12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wow, Eric, My Dear! What a beautiful and inspiring sermon!

      It's full of transcendental wisdom. Each line is a thought for the mind and a food for the soul.

      I appreciate this example "Make him thirsty and he will drink. What difference is man?. By interaction with love to our fellows, we can make them thirsty for the spirit of love within us. Not really a coveting but more a synergistic desire to have what love offers".

      It's true. Sharing the love makes it grow into more love and ultimately leads to that Supreme Love. Thanks for this wonderful sermon.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Dana, lately I have been having mid week trouble finishing up sermons. But am way filled with love on early Sunday mornings. Perhaps habit but probably more because my little family just loves Sunday mornings all together and catching up and eating and eating and then off to church. And my elder children and at least one sibling calling. (of course they just want to talk to our Gabriel ;-)

      And so this sermon came upon me. Man plans and God laughs!

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      Dana Tate 

      12 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      You have always been a lantern for me. Your light of love shines through you and, everything you write.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda you lay it out great. My writing is confusing - showing that I am confused. You do not get confused by it, for you are rock solid in your wonderful love of life. People think another can confuse them, what folly.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill what a cool comment. I think it fairly obvious that I lean toward the other way. "What? Pull weeds instead of sitting around studying my naval (omphaloskepsis). My wife gave up on calling me lazy. Now she just calls me "người đứng đầu trong những đám mây" (head in the clouds in Vietnamese :-)

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      John, I must admit that I kind of go easy on myself for failing at loving, but I get all shook up about not trying.

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      Linda Lum 

      12 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, this sermon just flowed. Beautiful from start to finish. I must admit that sometimes I have difficulty following your train of thought on these sermons, but I was on board from start to finish on this one. Let your light shine among men. Thank you for a wonderful start to the week.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Tim I just love spontaneous bursts of love when we are in the car together. A fav is Our Lord's Prayer in sing songy fashion.

      As for me, I have a wonderful extended family via the church I used to preach at. But for me I go to different churches around my county. I have only ran out of the church on one occasion with my son ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Lori, that free will sometimes feels a little uncomfortable. I am given to not be so good at exercising it. My favorite exercise being jumping to conclusions. :-)

      But it is so cool when we do it. For me that love thing has turned into a habit. And I have to be careful there. For habits take away our free will. Great stuff. Thanks much.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela what a wonderful comment. To me you just described "Living in Love". Which is a bit different that "Loving in Life". But you remind us to do both. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It does, doesn't it? Get in the way...if we allow it to happen. I work on this daily...too busy...too distracted....too this and too that...slow the hell down, Billy Boy!

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      John Hansen 

      12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful sermon, Eric. I liked your explanation of earth, world, globe, and confused vs confusing. I think I will go on trudging through life too instead of sprinting too. We all need to do out best to be a lantern to others too or at least try to keep it lit. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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      Tim Truzy 

      12 months ago from U.S.A.


      You are an incredible writer. Earth? World? Globe? I guess it doesn't matter unless we are loving others on the land with us becuase we all will have to explain those decisions someday.

      It's interesting. My wife was from a very strict denomination, where "Amazing Grace" was sand only one way. I was fortunate enough to attend Catholic masses as a child, go to a holiness church, and attend Native American Powwows.(It depended on who was watching the kids over a weekend.)

      Now, my wife and I may break out into praising Him traveling down the road in song.

      I like the "lantern" reference Eric. If we are not matches, just little sparks, then we can't provide light of any kind. Thanks for being a spotlight on HP, my spiritual brother.

      Super sermon with much to think about and spiritual food for the soul.

      God bless you.



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      Lori Colbo 

      12 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      "Life really cannot get in the way of love unless we choose to let it." Choice and free will are at the crux of the matter. Conversely, love cannot get in the way of life unless we choose to let it. Sometimes what we think love is, is actually is what it is not. The ten commandments are summed up in two great commandments - Love God with all your heart, soul mind, and strength, and Love your neighbor as yourself. That's life and love the way God meant it to be. Another good sermon today Eric. I also love the photos. God bless brother.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Mary I just had a great time writing this piece. It is so fun to look at ourselves and question our beliefs of life. One of my favorite self talk terms is "Oops".

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 months ago from Sunny Florida

      So enjoyed your sermon today. I think spirituality is an inside choice. I mean as a Christian I can read my Bible, pray, meditate, go to church, listen to praise music and meet with like minded friends to enhance my spiritual growth.

      Love is so important also. Maybe we are on this earth to care for our loved ones and even others in the world. Love opens many doors. It can give you a sense of purpose and generally make you feel great. I think it is our job not to let life get in the way any more than we can.

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      Mary Norton 

      12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Eric, what a sermon. Yes, we will carry our love torch and spread love and goodness all around. You are right that we can do much on our own.


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