Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Idealism is not the same as love. Idealism flows from our minds while love flows from our hearts. I can ramble on about my perception of the difference between the two and many would disagree or simply fall asleep from boredom. Such a discourse would do nothing but put good people on the defensive in protecting the role of Idealism in our lives which is not my goal. My goal is to help those who have seen or are in the process of seeing the energy of youthful idealism seemingly soaked up by the overwhelming blotter of survival.
Not all Idealism springs from the mind but that which does leads to discouragement when its goals are not attained. Such discouragement can lead to anger, depression, resentment, cynicism (my personal favorite), and in the worse case, animosity towards people seen as obstacles to such goals. Compare this to the spiritual fruit described in the scriptures: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Which do you think has a more positive effect on those you come in contact with on a daily basis?
If you want to build a better world as a house for your loved ones to live in, build it on the rock of love and not the sand of reasoned idealism. Learn to love selflessly by actually laying down your life for others in secret, accepting rejection with joy; understanding that no man is greater than his Master. We gladly reap the rewards of what our predecessors sowed who laid down their lives never seeing the fruit that would come forth from their sacrifices, it is our turn to gladly sow seeds of love and not judgment so that those who follow us will find fruit to harvest that has been sweetened by the Spirit. Love allows for detours in life when doors close before us, too often Idealism insists on battering down such doors and thus focusing life on removing obstacles - people and/or things - rather than preserving old and establishing new relationships in once unforeseen circumstances as God opens new doors for us as He deems in our best interest. It is relationships that are the dung and manure that allow us to become the fruitful trees that will feed future generations. As triune beings we are mind, heart and spirit. We are called to bring them into the unity of Christ so that we can truly be a light to the world and the salt of the earth.