FROM THE BISHOP
JAMES R. KING, JR.
Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!
What is the best possible life for a flower?
I would suggest that a flower has the best life possible when it is rooted in the fullness of nutrients that help it reach and sustain its potential.
The best life possible for a human being is one that is rooted in the fullness of experiences that nurture a person’s life to reach and sustains one’s potential. God is the source of life – the creator and sustainer of life. God is not only the source of life, including the nutrients of bread and water which are necessary to sustain life, but also the love of God that is so essential to live the best possible life.
God, who so loved the world that he gave us Jesus Christ, corrected our path to live the best possible life. It is faith that unlocks the door for us to see and understand who our creator is and how our creator God would have us live. Once we enter into this understanding we can see clearly that life’s potential is rooted in love. As Paul said in Corinthians 13, “if we have everything but do not have love we are nothing.”
Think for a moment about what disturbs your heart. Reflect on the troubles that exist in your home, community, nation, and around the world. Is money the answer? Will power bring nations together? Will our laws satisfy the divisions between neighbors? Yes, money can help. Power gives us access. Laws help us to be civil but they have their limitations. Beautiful People ... only love in your heart that comes from God and extends to your neighbor will help us live the best life possible on this earth.
When we sow seeds of hate for one another our society will not only be filled with crime and other human ills, we push back and set back the hope of our children to live lovingly and peaceably for two generations or more.
During this Advent season which ushers in the birth of Jesus Christ, let him be born in you anew. Let the roots of your mind, body and soul soak in his love for you and me. Jesus is love. He is our spiritual bread and the emotional water that calms our fears and leads us to peace. There is medicine for a sin-sick world and the antidote is called Jesus. Take him into your heart and begin to live the best life possible.
Remember to participate in 20-1-5 where we focus on knowing Jesus more in order to follow him more. Study one of the gospels.
During this Advent season light a candle while you are at home or your place of work as a reminder that you want more of Christ in your life and in the world.
Until next time, remember – God’s will for us is good. We must do the rest.
Growing a Christlike world.
James R. King, Jr.