Love Is Wroth More Than Intelligence

April 28, Jacques Maritain  “Love Is Worth More Than Intelligence” Acts 11:19-26;Jn 10:22-30

 Yesterday I wrote “When we judge we miss Jesus,” and it is a statement that is heller hard to live out for we all judge, but as I work at standing back and understanding the pain, the hurt in the lives of people–I see Jesus.  And understanding that pain is entering into the pain, walking with the person–and granted it is hard to walk with someone who has tried to hurt you–but I know it is possible because I have, and in so doing you see the Christ.

Maritain wrote “Christianity taught men that love is worth more than intelligence,” and it is in love that lies our hope for our world, our environment, ourselves.  Love is not some mushy word, it is hard. When we practice love, we meet people where they are, find the common ground, and live in peace–not an easy word, not simply la la land, but a peace that allows you to struggle with your issues without tearing yourselves a part.

I deal with Roman Catholics, fundamentalists, all sorts of diverse people who are isolated within their belief systems–and I am torn a part sometimes, people can be bloody in their selflessness, but I try, I honestly really try to listen without judgment. When people tell me I am “different” yea I am–I am willing to try, and I mean try to move from my white middle class privileged background into the lives of others.  And I will call it as I see it, right or wrong, I will call it as I see it, but always in light of love, and I fail, but i try.  Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

We can transform this culture we live in, and which lives in us, by transforming our own motivations and exemplifying this to others. We owe this to the animals. In the end, we are not separate from others, and we each have a critical piece to the great puzzle of cultural awakening to contribute, and our success and fulfillment depend on each of us discovering this piece and presenting it persistently.

As Albert Schweitzer said, “One thing I know. The only ones among you who will find happiness are those who have sought, and found, how to serve.”

Dr. Will Tuttle


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