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7 November 2009

From today’s entry in Frederick Buechner’s book Listening to Your Life:

The wisdom of men is the kind of worldly wisdom that more or less all men have been living by since the cave man. It is best exemplified by such homely utterances as You’ve got your own life to lead, Business is business, Charity begins at home, Don’t get involved, God helps those who help themselves, Safety first, and so forth…What God says, on the other hand, is “The life you save is the life you lose.” In other words, the life you clutch, hoard, guard, and play safe with is in the end a life worth little to anybody, including yourself, and only a life given away for love’s sake is a life worth living.

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