Archive for August 21, 2009

God Provides More Than I Need

God has arranged to let me have a 10 month old lovely, well built house.  It’s small – about 1,090 sf, lovely inside and has a magnificent view of the valley and Sugash Mountains.  I have to admit I was stunned that I have to pay extra for the kitchen cabinets, sink, stove, upgrade on the electric furnace so that I don’t have to put wood into the furnace twice a day, etc.!  I had no idea that I was basically buying the shell, and have to pay  for things on the inside of the house. Oh, well, we’re never too old to learn!

That brings me to today’s portion of “100 Little Things About God, Man and Spirituality,”  thoughts taken from conversations over 49 years between Dan and Dr. Dick van Geet – our neighbor in Utrecht, Holland.  Be blessed. — Anne

“NEEDS AND GREEDS

Neo-classical economic science teaches us: human wants are infinite. But this neglects the difference between needs and greeds. Greeds are unlimited indeed, but human needs are quite limited. While needs are like thirst that is quenched by drinking, greeds are like drinking salty water: the more you drink the thirstier you get.

NORMS AND STANDARDS

The greatest danger for our culture consists of the absence of universal, genuine norms, of real standards. If they are missing,, the dangerous trio: money, power and success get free play. Then there is nothing to break them.

PARIDISE ON EARTH?

1. One of the best descriptions of man is: ‘a fallen angel who remembers heaven’. (Alfred de Musset).

The latter part explains why man is never content and is always striving for change: he is continuously trying to regain heaven by creating it on earth.

The former part explains why he will never succeed: he remains a fallen angel; he has a wrong memory of heaven and tries to create a wrong substitute.

2. A world inhabited by man will never change into a paridise.  Nor into a definite hell.”

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