Saturday, February 21, 2015

“We know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all, for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.” ― Albert Einstein

Why are we here?  This is the question that has intrigued, frustrated, and consumed philosophers, theologians, scientists, and almost every thinking soul since time began.  Albert Einstein (see quote above) was one of the smartest men who ever lived, and he had it figured out.  We live for others which unsurprisingly is exactly what Christ called us to do and is continuing to call us to do every single moment of every single day.  I know of nothing that makes me happier than to see a single child smile because of something I have done for them, even if it is just to wave from inside my car.  We both want and seek the approval and admiration of others but the only real way to get both is to focus the entirety of our own lives on helping others.  I remember going to a party my first year in college (there may have still been some dinosaurs around then) and coming away thinking I had met one of the smartest young men I had ever met.  Upon reflection, I realized that he had told me nothing about himself but asked me questions about me—that I was only too happy to go on and on about.  His name was Mike Bennett and his father was the President of McMurry College where both Karen and I graduated.  I don’t know whatever happened to him, but I will never forget the lesson I learned from him.  The more we learn about others, the more we learn about ourselves.  You hear from time to time the expression “he is a self-made man” which is absolutely  ridiculous.  He didn’t write the books from which he learned to read.  He had teachers and role models all through life—maybe not the ones we have come to expect, but he owes everything he has done in his life to others—period.  That same very smart man to whom I referred earlier, says it this way:

“From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other - above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” 
― Albert Einstein

May we all exert ourselves to return to Christ the blessings which He has given us.  We cannot do this without focusing all our efforts on the needs of others.  This I believe.
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