Let yourself be redeemed

Let myself be redeemed? Why? From what? If it means becoming really religious, I'd have to give up a lot, wouldn't I? These are reasonable questions.

Many people think of redemption as some sort of sanctimonious, self-righteous, goody-goody procedure. Most of us don't notice that we let ourselves be redeemed in simple ways a dozen times a day. Do we have meals to cook? We let rules of good cooking redeem us from culinary disaster. Do we have a business problem? If we are wise, we let the rules of good business practice redeem our efforts and produce the right solution. There's a harmony underpinning things, disobedience to which causes confusion, difficulty, mistakes. If obeyed, this underlying harmony always comes to our rescue. Sheer gain all along the line! We do not have to give up anything good; we do have to sacrifice an unwillingness to make the necessary effort.

Think originally
May 15, 1978

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