Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Meaning beyond Absurdity

I recently read a small tract by Robert Greenleaf (the "father" of the Servant Leadership Movement) in the Quaker Though and Life Today Magazine on the work and writings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Greenleaf reports that Heschel gave the following message to young people in an interview before his death in 1972:
"I would say: Let them remember that there is meaning beyond absurdity. Let them be sure that every little deed counts, that every word has power, and that we can - every one -do our share to redeem the world in spite of all absurdities and all frustrations and all disappointments. And above all, remember that the meaning of life is to build a life as if it were a work of art."

May our quest for authentic Christian Leadership seek to embody the greatest meaning of all: worship unto our God.