When I was younger, I thought I knew what love was. Then my daughter was born. As I held her in my arms, I realized I had known as much about love as I did about eighteenth-century Latvian architecture. And I intuitively understood how having children brings us closer to God.
As soon as you become a parent, you have a greater understanding of and appreciation for divine love. I’ve been told that God’s love is absolute, unconditional and eternal. Check, check and check.
I recently interviewed Michiko, a woman whose four-year-old daughter, Kimi, is battling cancer. She told me:
When I talk to people who don’t have kids, I just laugh because they don’t understand. It’s like a secret we have; I want to tell it to them but I can’t because they won’t believe me. You have no idea what love is until you have a child. Like so many parents, I would die for my child. I beg God, “Take me instead. Please. I’m glad to go.”
Becoming a parent instantly reframes your perspective and realigns your priorities. What’s that, God? You want to strip me of every last dollar and throw me out on the street? No problem. As long as I’ve got my kid, I’m the richest guy on the planet.
That contentment is why having a child moves you closer to being in this world but not of it. You realize that the worldly things you cared about before are ultimately insignificant and that the only thing that matters is love. And what is love? Love is the language of God. Love is God. You exist because of love. You exist to share love. You exist to be love.
Thank you, God, for giving me a little piece of yourself to love and care for. I am honored and grateful beyond measure.
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Through God’s Eyes won first place in the “Spirituality and Inspirational” category at the San Diego Book Awards on June 22, 2013.
Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.
• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders
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Phil’s eBook, The Logic of Living a Spiritual Life: Supporting a Life of Faith Through Logic and Reason, is now available for 99 cents on Amazon.
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In this eBook, you’ll find answers to questions like:
• What is the cornerstone of a spiritual life, and why?
• What is the secret to liberating yourself from other people’s judgments and expectations?
• Why is there an exception to “Everything happens for a reason”?
Those who worship logic instead of God are only half right. Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life.
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.