The older I get the more convinced I am that life is all about relationships. Life is us relating to each other and to our environment; and even other things in our environment relating to each other. It is clear to me that all things are connected.
The most compelling characteristic about relationships to me is captured in the word belonging. To belong is that feeling that I fit in somewhere, I am connected, I am a member, I am needed, I am loved.
Because we are all connected to each other and to our environment, I believe it means we have been designed to live in communities where we are rightly related to each other, to our environment and to the Maker of everything, yes to God.
What would it look like, what would it feel like to belong in a rightly related community? I think we all know what this would be like. We would see humans flourishing. People would feel secure, be accepted for who they are, share with each other, serve each other; in short live a life of freedom, being loved, loving others, having a place to belong.
I want to be treated by others just like you do. I would like it if others were patient with me, kind and gentle, helpful, honest, faithful to their word, giving, peaceful, and be able to control themselves. In short, I would like people to show me love.
It all starts with the Golden Rule: Doing unto others as we would have others doing unto us. And if I read the Golden Rule right it starts with me. If I make the first move and treat others like I want to be treated, that would be the start of a rightly related community of flourishing humans.
Don’t we all want to live in communities like this? Sure we do. It would be like…well…heaven!
Throw off any skepticism you may have about that this is possible and make the first move in your world and see what happens…I think I hear harps.