This was the last statement of the sermon last week at church. The priest had a handout with questions about the faith. But this blog is not about the sermon, it’s about the deep truth of the statement.
“There are no answers until you take the test.”
Ponder this idea for a minute… not in a school setting but in the overall view of life…
Let’s look at the powerful truth of this statement considering the impact it has on our life.
First, what answers?
All of them.
For questions like: “Can I lose 10 pounds?” To deep questions like: “Am I a good father?” Any questions we have about our lives will only be answered by taking the test.
An answer is not given simply by asking the question… the answer is discovered once we test our life for it. In one way, it sounds simple. It is. On the other hand though, it is easy to wonder about lots of things in our life, but never actually try to answer them. I know it is scary because we might not like the answers, but life is meant to be discovered. So, grab a pencil… it is time to answer those questions you keep asking…
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The most important lesson I’ve learned was best said in the above quote, “Love is the only rational act.” At first it seems like a basic feel good quote, but it is deeper than that. Love is the only RATIONAL act. Love has a strong image link to the heart and emotions, but Morrie connected it to our head and thinking. Put simply Love produces positive results, it works. It makes sense as a founding principal for our lives.
My kids respond to Love better than to me yelling. The waitress who is having a rough day responds better to an understanding comment from me. A smile trumps a frown in the classroom. I feel energized when I am involved in activities I love. Love works.
Living out this idea is not easy with the everyday stress we experience. But I’ve noticed that a negative reaction may solve a problem right then, but causes more issues later. While living out Love takes patience and even at times makes the current issue tough to get through, the long-term benefits are positive. It takes real strength, an intentional spirit, and an open heart, but living out the idea of Love makes all the difference. It is the rational thing to do that leads to an emotional filled life.
Bonus, because I love music I made a small playlist of songs that reveal an aspect of this idea. Enjoy.