Let us build the body of love. That body is created in ways that can seem inglorious. It is a building, one step at a time, one relationship built on universal love at a time. We have to begin for it to occur. So often, so-called spiritual people are “all dressed up with no place to go.” No beginning. No understanding that the body of love is built step-by-step. It is built through the discipline of embodying love in every little thing: stone on stone, brick on brick. It begins as all true things begin, as something so small it can hardly be seen, something that seems inglorious.Becoming a Sun p. 269
There are all kinds of things you could build in a human life. And I’m not here to say one is better than another: a house, a business, a work of art, a family… They all have the potential to bring life and beauty into the world.
Sometimes you have to consider a reality that transcends the act of creation with which you are engaged to appreciate the real value of that act. You have to ask yourself, Why am I doing this? And what is it about this that has real value to me?
Love might seem to be an abstract, undefined word for what has ultimate value in a human life. But somehow, we know it when we touch it and feel it.
When we build with love, we affirm the ultimate value of the human experience. We take something that is an unrealized potential in our heart of hearts, and we put our faith in it. We express it. We realize it. We not only build with love—we build the body of love in the world. The body of love lives in the world we share with other people.
So shall we build the body of love? One little step at a time?
Every human being is already a sun on the inside—a being of intense love and light. The difference is that some people have the vision and courage to become a sun on the outside. This difference is our human destiny.