What is ‘harmony?’~
I love the dictionary. It’s one of my favorite ‘books’ or should I say resources, for the simple reason that I love words and their meanings. It’s especially fun, to learn latin roots, which much of our language originated from, in order to gain a better understanding of the meaning of the word. Over time, especially in our modern world, though the word is still the same word, the youth culture has changed the usage of the word, thereby modifying its meaning. Perhaps this is making the ‘generation gap’ even broader?
This week, some of my favorite ideas penned by Haanel, stated that “The laws under which we live are designed solely for our advantage. These laws are immutable and we cannot escape from their operation. All the great eternal forces act in solemn silence, but it is in our power to place ourselves in harmony with them and thus express a life of comparative peace and happiness. We have pondered Haanel’s statement, “If we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.”
So, what does harmony have to do with words? Everything. Let’s first take a look at the lexicon meaning of harmony, according to Noah Webster, the Father of American Education. In his masterpiece, The American Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1828, harmony is defined, as “the just adaptation of parts to each other, in any system or composition of things, intended to form a connected whole; as in the harmony of the universe.” Words are the expression of our thoughts, and words form sentences from which we gather the context and meaning. Our words must be constructed to match our ideals and the inherent gifts which God has graciously bequeathed to us, in order that we may manifest our gifts for the betterment of others and to glorify Him. Our words must be in harmony with who we are and with His will for our lives; not that we have no choice or will of our own, but that true happiness dwells within when we are fulfilling our destiny. I recall a quote by Eric Liddell, the fastest man in in the world in the 100 meters at the 1924 Paris Olympics, in which he said, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.” His notoriety as the world’s fastest runner, gave him a platform to share his faith in a benevolent God who desires a relationship with His creation, thus glorifying God and feeling God’s pleasure. So beautiful!
Beautiful Thoughts Guided by Principles~
A circle of love is beautiful, but a ‘vicious circle’ is something you want to stay away from! For each action there is an opposite and equal reaction. Life has its ebb and flow. It may take a while or a lifetime, to realize which circle you are living in and if it’s not the one you like, beware and take right action. I got into that bad circle, and spun around and around and around……..are you getting dizzy visualizing where life had taken me? Sometimes when bad things happen in life, and you experience things you never imagined possible, it’s pretty easy to get stuck in the spin cycle. Sometimes I felt more comfortable living in denial, because it didn’t require me to take any action, which felt more comfortable than the discomfort of taking opposite action to the life I had been presently living. This was not the life God designed for me to live. Eventually, I had to take action….because the suffering my children and I were experiencing at the hands of an angry and abusive man, became greater than the fear of an unknown future.
We learned in our lesson this week, reasons for discord, darkness, error and the like. They are all devoid of principle. The law of cause and effect, sowing and reaping are always in effect, in every situation that we find ourselves experiencing. Scripture teaches us God’s immutable law in Galatians 6:7-9, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” We are told, not to be deceived.…it isn’t God who will be mocked. Afterall, it is God who communicates His immutable laws to His creation. So, when we are in denial or ignorance, it is our thinking that must change. I found that to be true in my situation, seven years ago. Many voices, thoughts, ideas flooded into my mind in my distress. It was hard to know the truth. I had be very careful which voices I listened to, because in the end, I knew I would return to my Creator and give an account of my life and the choices I made….as will each one of us. He is not a God who expects something He does not communicate with us; He has expressed His will, and for those who keep seeking Truth, they shall find it. A verse that broke through in the midst of the chaos, was a verse in the 23rd Psalm, “He leadeth me beside still waters. He restoreth my soul.” These verses brought comfort and clarity….and a desire for God to lead me to my still waters and to restore my soul. Today, that is true of my life. He is a good and benevolent Father!
In summary, this amazing lesson from Haanel, gives answers to many of the challenges each of us face. Harmony, the just adaptation of parts (persons) to each other, in any system (marriage) or composition of things, intended to form a connected whole; as in the harmony of a marriage relationship. This is beautiful and pleasing to God, and what a good life consists of.
Harmony, gee, I really love you
And I want to love you forever
And dream of the never, never, never leaving harmony…….