On this Easter weekend, as I more fully consider the topic of health, vitality, and longevity, I cannot help but consider this: Jesus had no servants, yet they called him Master. He had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. He had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared him. He won no military battles, yet he conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified him. He was buried in a tomb, yet he lives today.
The valuable goods and services that he bestowed upon others were neither bought nor sold but were given freely. His business is a family business and Jesus does just as his Father does, who has invited us to become His Eternal Heirs and to also learn and enjoy the family business.
I wonder what miraculous society might evolve in our midst today if the pattern of our lives, our work, and our services to one another reflected his life more perfectly? How might our motivations evolve from profits to his perfect love wherein he showed us how to truly love our neighbors as we love ourselves? How might our societies evolve from socialistic or capitalistic to a New Jerusalem that spreads forth upon the earth and becomes filled with paradisiacal glory?
If we would only possess his perfect love and virtue in all that we do, and if our businesses were truly a part of the "Family Franchise," might a perfect knowledge of the laws by which he operated and conducted our Father's business distill upon our souls as the dews from heaven? Might the spirit of truth guide us always and forever? Might we receive an unchanging scepter of righteousness that would earn the respect, love, and wills of all intelligences in the universe. And might we, like the Father, be able to command particles of light in perfect love to do our wills as they do His. Might we not also establish dominions that thereby flow unto us forever and ever without compulsory means? I wonder...
Might our pantries flow forever and never fail us? Might manna fall from heaven, as needed? Might water turn into wine? Might a few loaves of bread and a few fish feed thousands? Would priestcrafts and the selling of half truths and worthless goods and services cease? Would all look to God to receive the perfect answers and solutions to life's challenges, rather than to man who too often has set himself up as a light unto the world to get gain and power? If no man sought to possess from Mother Earth that which was above another and more than is sufficient for his needs today, would there be more and enough to spare for everyone?
If we healed, blessed, and served with bowels that were filled with charity and minds that were garnished unceasingly with virtue -- as a franchisee in our Father's business -- then would our society indeed become a heaven on earth today? Would the ground beneath our feet yield forth in its perfect strength, and would the Tree of Life
be once again planted upon this earth and serve for the healing of nations? Would man once again live to the age of a tree and then be changed in the twinkling of an eye to Celestial glory? I truly wonder...
To all of you who are as mothers, as sisters, as fathers, as brothers, and our friends -- we thank you for all you do in his love to lift and bless others and our own lives.May His Light and Love Fill You This Easter Season and Abide With You Forever!
Jim and Colleen