Friends, I’ve been thinking about what does the world really need? Our world is pretty complex, complicated place these days, no matter what part of the globe you live on. And I’ve been thinking about how what the world really needs is more wholehearted humans.
Two quotes to get us started. Parker Palmer. “I wanted more than a job. I wanted deeper congruence between my inner and outer life.” Congruence in that is about the who I am. My friend calls it a plum line, between who I am, what I think, feel and do, and they’re all lined up. So let me read it again to you. “I wanted more than a job. I wanted deeper congruence between my inner and outer life.”
Second quote, Andrew Bennett. The longest journey you will ever take. “The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.”
So friends, if we desire more than just a job, our vocational experience and existence becoming more than just showing up with our butt in a chair, all present for roll call. If we desire our neighborhoods when I hear people say, oh, I’ve never talked to my neighbor. I don’t know who my neighbors are. I’m like, well, have you ever actually walked over and knocked on their door and said hi? And if we dared a dream beyond this transactional interchange of relationship, the mini-dramas, and small living.
The way I see it, there’s really only one choice. The courageous choice, the more challenging, fulfilling choice is put your money down, buy the golden ticket of congruence and the plum line that runs through you and buckle up for the mysterious beauty and mess of discovering how to foster friendship of heart and head, that 18 inches. What if your friends of head and heart were deeply part of how you live and who you are? And how do we cultivate a deep knowing of God as our friend? Here’s a promise. There’s no quick shortcut, VIP line to skip ahead. And oh, by the way, this one alluded me for a long time. There’s also not a finish line. We’ll never be done. When we begin to embrace living more wholeheartedly in the world that we occupy.
What does the world need? More of us to sign up, buy the ticket, wear the t-shirt, and get started living more true, restored friends with our heart and our head, friends with God, and deeper congruence between our inner and outer life. Friends, it is good for us, I bought the ticket. You can do this.
Let’s keep going.