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Thinking Aloud - Jan 2020

1/3/20 | 2020 Thinking Aloud | by Rev. Dr. W. David Thomas

Thinking Aloud - Jan 2020

    I am not an economist.

     Stagnation.  Inflation.  Deflation.  These are not terms that easily find their way into my vocabulary.  Of course, I have experienced inflation.  After all, I am about to celebrate my 73rd birthday.

     I remember paying 24.9 cents for a gallon of gas.  “Give me a dollar’s worth!” we would ask.  My first real job in a fast food restaurant paid me 63 cents an hour (My pay was handed to me in a hot dog wrapper)!  When I went to college my tuition was calculated at the rate of $27.50 per credit hour.  I later purchased an almost new car for $995 and drove it nearly 200,000 miles.

     I think I know an example of deflation as well.

     This commodity does not calculate easily in dollars and cents.  Nonetheless here is genuine value, and some would say priceless value. 

     The first date:  $28.  An engagement ring:  $5,900.  A wedding:  $12,000.  True love:  Priceless!!

     But in our “relationship economy” love has been devalued.  We “make love” rather than “give love”.  Someone loves Taylor Swift over Arianna, Coke over Pepsi, rock over hip-hop, Fox over NBC.  Someone says, “I don’t love you anymore.”  We sing, “I’ve lost that loving feeling.” 

     The word is used casually.  Love feels rather than wills.  Love pleases me rather than you.  Love sometimes even hurts the one loved.

     Love has been cheapened.  And we are all the poorer because of this devaluation.

     This is David Thomas thinking aloud that scripture teaches us something very different.  “Love covers over all wrongs” (Proverbs 10.12).  “A friend loves at all times” (Proverbs 17.17).  “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13.4-8).

     Love is a willful act on my part for the good of the other person.

     Could I ask you to read that scripture again?  Slowly.