Spirituality and Paradox

No one has ever become poor by giving.” — Anne Frank

Another expression that I like is, “you gotta give it away to keep it.” If you want more of what you have the answer is always lies in giving away what you have. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be given to you. For with the same measure you measure it will be measured back to you.”

If you want to be succesful help someone else to succeed. I heard that first at a entrepreneurial seminar a few years back. In Matthew 20:16, “the last shall be first, and the first last.” Taken together all of these expressions point to a common theme and that is that paradox rules the world of the spirit. Jesus said that the “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” He who is great among you must be your servant. The quotes go on and on. The secret to success is this life is to live the Gospel and that world is upside down. St. Francis comprehended this well. The Kingdom of God is like standing on your head and seeing the world from upside down.

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One Reply to “Spirituality and Paradox”

  1. My pastor once pointed out something that I thought was interesting and rather profund. In trying to get the point across that the life best lived is the one played out for others, he pointed out that we enter this world with our fists clenched and we leave this world with our hands open and empty.

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