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Love with just half the picture

It is in the nature of all of us to not see the whole picture, but to assume that we do.

This is our plight.

Some of us err because we always fear we don't have the full picture. Here maturity is to know that the picture will never be complete. But not to fear.

Some of us err because we always think we do see the whole picture: what we see is simply what is. Maturity here is to realize this can't possibly be true.

Our personal histories, and the histories of nations, can be understood by how this tension has been handled in daily life. How do the overly fearful overcome? Many never do. And how do the overly confident come to know humility? Many never do.

In the middle abides faith, hope, love, these three.

But the greatest of these is love.


1 Corinthians 13.9, 13 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


Daniel Leslie Peterson May 16, 2009 at 9:41 AM  

"A proud person is one who sets a wrong value on themselves, who thinks too much or too little of themselves, constructing a fearfully exaggerated self-image as out-and-out success or hardened failure." (Celtic Daily Prayer, Finan reading for May 14, p 671)

David Wang May 18, 2009 at 7:18 AM  


I read your comment again today. True. True. It is not obvious that to believe one to be a "hardened failure" can come from pride.

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