October 21, 2014

The Ladder of Life

Nancy’s mother, Grace Weaver Ogden, told her long ago, “You should always have something to look forward to.”  Another way Mother Ogden might have said that is, “You should always look for the next step on the ladder of life.”

In the early stages of our lives, we climb a ladder to create a personal identity, give context to our being and establish those traits and characteristics that make us unique. It is a journey we all make, and there is no reason to apologize for it. It’s called waking to life, and it involves creating a home and family, working, exploring and experiencing being alive.

For moral guidance on our journey, The Ten Commandments have served the faithful throughout the world for over thirty-four centuries. What some people may not remember is that Jesus gave us a new commandment. In the Gospel of John, we read:
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so  you must love one another. 
Learning to love God and one another as God loves us is, perhaps, the greatest life lesson we’ll ever learn, and it ultimately leads to a spiritual awakening, humility, inner peace and joy.