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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Source or Resource?

"...indeed God is not far from each one of us. For “In God we live and move and have our being.”  
~ Acts 17:27-28 

"Water is not only a resource but a source of life." I recently heard this phrase on a radio program. So, what is the difference between a source and a resource? In the dictionary I find that source means "beginning, origin."  The prefix "re" means "again, subsequent." In the case of water (food and air as well) it is essential for life.  Water can also be used for other things like cleaning, travel, recreation, industry, but it's primary purpose is a source of life. And, within every resource we will always find its source.  

I'm wondering if perhaps we too often treat our sources of life as resources and in doing so forget that not only things like water, food and air, but also creation itself is the Source of all Life as we know it. If this is true, then the opportunity and challenge for you and me are to begin to ask a simple question of everything and everyone we encounter: where or what is the Source of Life in this encounter?

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