“We become what we love, and who we love shapes what we become.” Clare of Assisi
What do you love? Power? Money? Things? Wisdom? When we love power, we may become powerful, but often others are hurt in our pursuit of power. When we love money or things, we pursue more money and things. Who do you love? People? What kinds of people?
What and who we love is where we focus our energy, time, and effort. Where we focus our energy, time, and effort consumes our thoughts, consciously, and subconsciously. Eventually, we reap what is sown. The Bible says as much, but sowing and reaping is a universal truth, regardless of our spiritual beliefs.
We say we love others, so then we must ask ourselves do we spend more energy, time, and effort building relationships or destroying them? Philippians 4:8 says, “focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.” (The Complete Jewish Bible)
Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (New International Version) We control our tongues, so the words we choose will determine the quality of the fruit. These two scriptures are interrelated. Focusing our thoughts on truth and purity affects the words we speak. When we admire others whose words and actions are divisive, we will speak and act the same; relationships are built or destroyed by our words and actions.
We are living in a politically-charged environment with the upcoming elections. Coupled with the COVID-19 crisis, racial unrest, and their related concerns, we are becoming saturated with hate speech, anger, and violent behaviors, none of which is productive or helpful. The collective tongue of our nation is spewing death, the thoughts of people are focused on hate, anger, and violence. To what end? For what purpose? Words and actions are tearing our nation apart; words and actions will bring unity and peace. Unity and peace are in the power of the tongue, the tongues of those who love peace more than strife. Actions follow words; words follow thoughts.
We are becoming what we love; division, hatred, strife, violence. What does that say about who we love…..?