The Universe Is Waiting for You

Philippians 2:13-15

God’s desire for good finds expression in your longings and in your work. So don’t complain and argue about things. Then, when you willingly do what’s right, in comparison with the usual corruption people see, it will be as clear as a starry night that you are children of God.

Admittedly, we’re in the realm of the metaphysical. Still, you don’t have to believe in God to get the point of comparison. When someone does something that’s good and right, it stands out. Clearly. A virtuoso performance elicits applause, and you don’t have to be a virtuoso yourself to appreciate it. Nor do you have to agree with Paul’s understanding of God to recognize that doing something to improve a situation trumps standing around complaining and arguing about it. Every time.

Now, added to this, it’s worth pondering that God (or as Douglas Adams might say, “Life, the Universe, and Everything”) –  that what’s good about anything – finds its expression in your longing and working for it. And, if you are an instance of the goodness of the universe, isn’t that all the more reason to take your longings for good (for justice, for peace, for joy, for health, for fulfillment) seriously enough to work at them?

Or, to put it another way, every instance of someone doing something to make the world a better place is an instance of divine incarnation, and inasmuch as you are a divine incarnation, you are a child of God. So, what are you waiting for? Do the work. Rise above the ordinary, be a star, and we will applaud. You are a child of God, and the universe is waiting.