The Good Life

“The ancients remind us that ‘not even when one has an abundance does one’s life consist of possessions’ (Luke 12:15).  Abundant or meager as they may be, possessions must not make up the substance of one’s life.  Instead, their proper use necessarily involves right living in community.  Perhaps the ancient Hebraic wisdom is particularly instructive in a time in which we might equate goodness with what we possess.  “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). This vision of the good life, cast not when times were good, but during a time when calamity and exile awaited the nation of Israel offers an alternative understanding.  Do justice, love kindness, and live out both of those virtues in light of humility before God; this is what is good and is the ground of the good life.

The wisdom of the ancients, from the Greeks and the Hebrews, suggests that the good life can be attained regardless of circumstance or possession.  It shimmers in the wisdom of justice and kindness.  It is found in the application of knowledge rightly applied in relationship to the world around us.  It shines in humility before the God who is good, and is part and parcel of a relationship with that God.  The good life is not bought or sold; it is not a prime real estate location, or a formula for success.  The good life is our life offered to God and to others in justice, kindness, and humility.” – A Slice Of Infinity, RZIM

 

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