Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | March 19, 2010

Sirach Wisdom; Final Word

The Book of Sirach ends with the following:

Work at your tasks in due season, and in his own time, God will give you your reward.

This advice is very taoist, and could have been taken right out of the Tao te Ching. Do your work, then step back and let go. It takes great wisdom to know what things we can control and what things we can’t.

I was also reminded of an analogy of a loving parent teaching their child to ride a bike. At first, the parent steadies the bike and runs behind the child holding on, and the child at first is afraid the parent will let go. Then, as confidence builds, the child wants the parent to let go, the parent is reticent, but knows, out of true love, they have to let go and they have to let the child ride the bike on their own, knowing they will probably fall, scrape a knee, and so on.

How much more does “the heavenly father” love us, and out of love, allows us to ride our own bikes, scraped knees and all.


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