I think we were designed to live in nature. God created beautiful mountains and trees and rivers--all for our enjoyment, yet we spend 90% of our time indoors looking at a screen or a wall.
He created us to eat from the dirt we come from and will return too. All those nutrient rich foods come straight out of the ground and they take lots of hard work and tending in order to mature to perfection. God didn't create cardboard burgers and wax-infused candy. He created the good stuff. The stuff a man can live on.
|"Poncho Love" Haley Hoover, 2014|
I think he designed us to be married young. The natural inclination of body maturity, hormones and emotional growth make sense to cling to a spouse around the late teens age. I think society and careers and other such goals get in the way of this.
I also believe He would want us all to live vulnerably through creating and being.
Everyone would dance. How many verses in the Bible do you see people "dancing before the Lord"? People don't dance because they are embarrassed or afraid of what others will think. Yet dancing, it every form, is a most intimate form of communication. It is an outward reflection of the heart. When the Spirit really gets a hold of you, there is no more natural thing than to let go of the fear of the world and set your spirit moving throughout the body.
Like dancing, singing would feel the earth. Singing is also an act of vulnerability. I believe we can all sing beautifully, but again it is fear that holds us back. Fear holds us back from singing beautiful songs all day long as we go about our work. Many years ago they sang while they worked in the fields. But who would ever sing passionate worship songs in the middle of the office or at the plant?
All of these man made things have stripped us of our sensitivity and ability to sincerely communicate with God and with each other. I've written before about the theory that we are all creators in some way or another. Everyone was born with a passion and everyone can use that passion to create a beautiful contribution for the world. Wether its painting, woodworking, singing, cooking, teaching, or anything else that is creative, all of those things come from a heart eager to give love to others.
Perhaps we are all full of beautiful talents and just don't know it. We let the shame of others keep us from living out of our deepest depths. Maybe we all have secret lives where we do what we would rather do all day long. Maybe we hide our beauty because it threatens a broken world. Beauty is vulnerable. Beauty is captivating. It heals, creates change and demands love in the deepest parts of our souls.
Yes, I think we all have the ability to share love. I think God would have us all sing, dance, pray, write, cook, love, eat, care and build in a perfect world. Perhaps each of us are better at intimacy in our own specific love language to the world. But then, maybe we were meant to embrace all forms for the sake of a wonderful Father.
Love the world today. Show them how you share your passion.