Saturday, May 10, 2008

Right Intention+Agape=RightWords



"It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing.It is not how much we give,but how much love we put in the giving."

~ Mother Teresa

 Sometimes, helping someone out of a bad situation, or a bad mindset can be difficult; difficult because we don't have the right words, or the right approach, even though we have the right intention.

 You can go in like a bull in a china shop;

I've tried that, but wouldn't recommend it;

because when a bull enters a china shop, he's got to get out somehow.

Oh he didn't go in there with the intention of knocking down the china.

 

The china shop just happened to be in the middle of his path,

On the way to a certain heifer he'd like to know better.

 

Although the road to heaven is paved with good intentions, there are roads with potholes and there are roads blessedly without.

 Unfortunately, there's no GPS alive which will steer you clear of the pot-hole ridden ones.

Man made GPS, that is.

There is, however a certain type of GPS that's better equipped-

Internal GPS:

a combination of intuition and experience that points us in the right direction.

 But How do you  locate it?

 Riding in the car, I was contemplating that very thing when considering how to approach the "situation of the moment". Being a passenger at the time, I looked up to notice the car in front of us with a license plate which read: AGAPE 1. I had a general idea what the Word meant. I knew it had to do with Love. I think I had an LED moment. So I was off to the dictionary, as soon as I got home, and I had my answer. The simple definition of the word Agape (AH-GAH-PAY) is love, but Love, is not always simple. It is one of several Greek words which translates into Love. Webster defines the simple word love, in 9 different entries. Let's look at a few.

When used as a noun:

1 a (1): strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties

4 a: unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another:

(1): the fatherly concern of God for humankind (2): brotherly concern for others

When used as a Verb:

1: to hold dear

4: to thrive in

The English word Agape (A-GAPE) is defined this way:

As an adjective:

Gaping

 as with wonderexpectation, or eager attention.

Open wide

~(Christianity) the love of God or Christ for mankind, or the love of others

 Spiritual love.

One word, but many different parts of speech; many incarnations.

Love relates to Persons, places and things.

Love is in Actions, Love is descriptive.

When our intention is to help, arising out of a "strong affection or kinship", in "unselfish, benevolent (expressing kindness and altruism) concern for the good of another" then we're on the right path. When we direct that desire to help towards those we "hold dear" in order that they thrive, we are on the right path.

 And finally, when we approach the loved one with "wonder and eager attention" (presence) we become "open wide,” and we receive direction, from God and from others, which is spiritual love. We are Inspired, or In-spirit, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit is at hand.

 

"Genuine love is not love that never disappoints us,

But love that always stretches us and challenges us

      To become a better human being."

                                                     -John Izzo                                                  

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