Wednesday, February 9, 2011

An idea whose time has come

I love the idea that you can't stop an idea whose time has come. We often talk about it when we see some grand thing, like the end of slavery in the US, or the end of Apartheid in South Africa. The list is long and wonderful.

To my understanding those things happen when the people involved are finally ready to accept a universal, holy truth such as the spiritual equality of creation.

But, if God is bringing out these ideas in the immense things of the human experience, is he just holding back at the other times? Shouldn’t there always be some idea or another whose time is coming right now?

I believe the answer is yes! And if we look at the grand examples, we see that, of course, in every case, it was decades, even centuries of battling, pushing, arguing, and brought clarity to the right idea, the right way to proceed.

We can all speed along this process by watching intently for those ideas whose time has come now. What ideas are coming to the forefront of your thoughts? What ideas are pushing you to change? To grow?

We are sometimes inclined to hate ideas that make us change or grow. It feels uncomfortable, unfamiliar, and insulting. But that is the best way to be caught on the side of an argument that posterity will not smile upon.

The implication in the phrase, "an idea whose time has come" is that behind the idea is an acting force causing the idea to dawn in our lives. There is a sense that the idea is in some way independent of human opinion. The implication is that it is simply a right idea, which has finally been seen for what it is.

I want to be involved in real progress. I want to see the ideas whose time has come, come! I want to see what they are and watch them transform and improve me and the rest of the world.

So I am striving to be better at seeing what is out there, watching my thoughts and the thoughts of those around me. I want to be ready for the new thoughts that the Almighty is bringing forth in human experience. I want to see and feel the greater freedom and purity that moral struggle brings out in us.

Here's an idea whose time has come: Watch and stay agile.

Matt. 24:42-43
"Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched…"

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