For a day and a half, I listened to another share his view of how Divinity interacts with men and women. His dialogue was incredibly compelling. His reference sources were men and women of intellect. They were not the primary reason that he touched my thinking. My attention was caught by the source of his rationale. At the core, it was founded on the transformational impact in his life and those that had opened her/his self up to the Other.
Frequently I find myself trapped in a conversation with a weak foundation. The subject is interesting. The presentation skills are professional and inviting. The conclusion is one that I intuitively want to embrace. However, truth, or the lack of truth, has a way of touching one’s soul. When truth is present, I am energized. When there is a lack of truth, I am often tired and weak.
The key is often found in the source of the underlying rationale. Search for it and you will often discover a reason to embrace or reject. Understand its logic and you will find yourself filled with hope or concern.
As I look across conversations, looking for truth, I found some with strong foundations. When I hear how the rationale is focused on “the One God raised up—no dust and ashes for him! I want you to know, my very dear friends, that it is on account of this resurrected Jesus that the forgiveness of your sins can be promised.” (Acts 13.37) As a reader, I am interested in what follows.
I start today looking at the rationale for my actions, words, and values. Have I embraced truth or am I merely responding to the events at hand? Do I know the source of my thoughts? Am I heading towards Truth?
It is possible to be intentional. It is within reason to strive for something better. We can be an agent of positive change. Our rationale will shine in the moment at hand. We will reveal our foundations. Truth invites us to use compassion, mercy, and community as our center.