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.

The history of space travel reflects the work of those pioneers who let incredibly advanced harmonies of mathematics become real to them in new and especially meaningful ways. The Bible tells of those who rightly suspected the answer to the riddle of life's human journey is never to be found in matter. They turned away from the contemplation of finity and let the peace and harmony of God, good, pour into their awakening thought, immeasurably bless their lives, and set their mental footsteps in a different direction.

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Think originally
May 15, 1978

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