Does God Need Us?

From Annie Dillard’s For the Time Being:

“‘For the Jew the world is not complete; people must complete it.’  So said a nineteenth-century Frenchman, Edmund Fleg.  Recently Lawrence Kushner stated the same idea powerfully and bluntly: ‘God does not have hands, we do.  Our hands are God’s.  It is up to us, what God will see and hear, up to us, what God will do.  Humanity is the organ of consciousness of the universe…Without our eyes, the Holy One of Being would be blind.’”

Today, how will we be the hands of God?  [And if you don’t believe in God, you can still affect change.  What will it be?]

Something to ponder…

Stay tuned.  Tomorrow I’m posting a fabulous talk by Simon Sinek, on how people buy why you do something, not what you’re doing.  Sinek’s TED talk has come at a good time for me.  I’ve become increasingly frustrated with the growing number of blogs touting products and classes and workshops without any sort of personal connection.  I grow weary and find myself drifting away.  My belief is that if you tell people why you get out of bed in the morning, they’ll either relate or not relate, but you’ll be talking to those who want the same things.  If I’m simply trying to sell you on the virtues of Eve (so you’ll buy it), there’s no reason you should want to, unless I first convince you of why I wrote her, why I continue on this spiritual path I’ve started down.

My goal in these blog posts has nothing and everything to do with Eve. I’m here to make you think differently about what you’ve been told all your life.

And guess what?  I’m not the end-all.  This is not about me.  Really.  If anything, I’m hoping you’ll find that same thirst in your own life, and take it upon yourself to start your own inquiry.

This quote says it better than I:

“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.”  –Nikos Kazantzakis, poet and novelist (1883-1922)

Will you do one thing to affect change today?

[Post image: Detail of Hand of God by Rodin, carved by Soudbinine in 1902]

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