A few years ago, our grandson was eagerly opening his birthday presents with typical three year old smiles and laughter. Pulling the last of the tissue paper out of a bag, he all at once grabbed hold of a small package, held it up and shaking with excitement, shouted at the top of his lungs, “BATTERIES!!!”
He didn’t give the gift that required those batteries anywhere near the same enthusiasm, even though it was a coveted Buzz Lightyear flashlight. In his young life, he had already learned that many of the things he loved to play with required this power source. No matter how wonderful the toy, dead batteries meant it didn’t work right. Of all the gifts he received that evening, he prized his batteries the most.
While driving through the beauty of Yellowstone on a recent vacation, someone brought up the battery story. It always makes us laugh and has become one of those family vocabulary words that is full of meaning. It settled on my heart a bit differently this time and some new thoughts emerged.
What motivates us as individuals when we take a stand, offer our opinion, and try to make a point? What powers our batteries when we put forth the energy to let our voice be heard?
Things are changing fast in our world today. Some topics we might agree with and others we might vehemently oppose. We are blessed in this country with freedom of speech and it appears that the masses are exercising that right. I have no issue with honest debate and I am not afraid of someone disagreeing with me while they hold fast to the beliefs contained in their heart, no matter how different they may be from mine. What I find alarming, is that the level of civility during these debates has dropped considerably.
Our process of communication isn’t working right, because we are running out of battery. No matter how grand the platform, or how wonderful the cause, we are stalling in our efforts to effectively communicate our stance, get a valid point across, or understand a differing viewpoint, because we don’t have what it takes to power our movement:
Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 13, that though we have knowledge to understand all mysteries, faith enough to move mountains, and bestow all our goods to feed the poor …without love we are nothing.
Think of the amount of faith we must have to move a mountain. Imagine what we would know to understand all the mysteries of God. Yet these are not enough to make up for the lack of love in our life. How we treat and communicate with others is of paramount importance. If we would heed the Lord’s commandment, then we should be ever striving to love others as He loves us.
Then maybe our broken things will be whole again.