This episode explores the idea that gift-giving is deep in the structure of the universe... reflecting the heart of our gift-giving God.
“You’re driving in heavy traffic, and someone coming from the opposite direction wants to make a left-hand turn in front of you. To let them do that might cost you missing a traffic light. You can see from their turn signal that they are requesting a gift. And, in most cases, what do you do? You give them a gift of time. They wave their acknowledgement and you nod in exchange. Though there’s no takeaway for either of us, we both walk away satisfied."
“It’s like you're touching the structure of the universe which is the mind of God: all of life is gift.."
"I don't know if I've ever heard anyone connect the structure of the universe with a left turn! But it’s kind of hopeful because if you see things in this way that it's not like you have to go and move across the world to engage in the deep structure of the universe. It's built into everyday life it if we see it and receive it as well as give it."
Interested in reading more? Follow this link to read a review of the book Paul mentions in this episode: Paul and the Gift by John Barclay.