By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Two Simple Ideas from a Baptist Preacher

I was privileged to attend a memorial service for a friend at a Baptist church. The preacher gave a short and simple message with two points that I fastened on:

1. Love is seeking to do good for the other;

2. Life is a task.

They are very simple ideas but profound--their importance lies in the reality that they are so often ignored by a wide margin.

If you dare to tell someone of the opposite sex that you love them, the last thing they will think of is that simple definition of active benevolence. The word "love" has been narrowed down and has lost a lot of richness and fruitfulness in the process.

Yes, life is a task. Life is not searching for the next thrill to sedate us as we run away from our unhappiness.

Link the two simple ideas together: life is the task of seeking the good of the other.

There it is: the most important things you need to know about life from a Baptist preacher on Memorial Day weekend.

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