Progress Not Perfection

One thing I love about the Benedictines is the phrase “We Begin Again.” Perhaps because it mirrors my diet plan philosophy so much. Yet in our spiritual life it rings true as well.

Our goal is progress not perfection. If we find it impossible to love our enemies, perhaps we should begin by loving people who love us back and then move on to people we find suspect, and finally on to people we don’t like at all.
Our salvation begins to happen when we put forth love that overcomes self-interest. If we express love merely as an investment and hope for a good return we are missing the message. Real relationships with our “neighbors” don’t encompass accounting and spreadsheets as to who owes somebody a phone call, a note, a visit, or meal, or even an apology. True love is unconditional and doesn’t need a calculator or scorecard.
Consider this in your daily meditation — “Today I plan on loving wastefully and giving recklessly. It may frighten the heck out of you, but it will make you feel more alive than your ever felt. To coin a phrase — You will be resurrected.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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