Take Your Soul To Work – Day 3 – Wonder
“I spent a lot of time trying to figure out, “where do I belong in this Jewish picture?” before I realized that trying to locate myself in the Jewish mosaic was just another form of self-absorption. As Believers, we are constantly in transition from who we are; to who we are becoming. I have learned to allow God to take me by the hand and lead me on this beautiful spiritual journey filled with awe, wonder, splendor, and encounter with Him.”
“Never once in my life did I ask God for success, wisdom, power, or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.” These are the famous words of the rabbi and scholar A. J. Heschel (1907–1972).
Been there. Done that. Heard it all before. It is hard to invite wonder into life. You must ask for it. “Our goal,” Heschel wrote, “should be to live life in radical amazement . . . get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” Walk in the world with your eyes wide-open. Expect amazement and then see it everywhere.
Heschel wasn’t simply looking at nature and beauty. He also looked at the great ugliness of human nature and tried to reform it. He marched at Selma right beside Martin Luther King Jr. and said it was like praying with one’s feet. And as he aged, he took on a different universe of concerns: “When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” Wonder surfaces in curiosity, amazement, celebration, social justice, and kindness.“
When did you last have a sense of radical amazement as a leader?
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