The Fruit of the Spirit is Love and this Love is manifested in My Life as Wisdom, Love’s Power. Wisdom is the leavening of Knowledge with Experience. It’s not enough to know a lot of facts and figures. About all you can do with that kind of knowledge is win at Trivial Pursuit. I have to add here that I got a job once because I won at Trivial Pursuit. Buy me a cup of coffee some time and I’ll tell you that story.
Buckminster Fuller, the designer and philosopher, wrote in his book Critical Path that wealth is the result of ever increasing knowledge multiplied by the energy available to us on Earth. Here’s a bit from another post:
Fuller’s equation on wealth:
Energy x knowledge = wealth
Wealth consists of physical energy (as matter or radiation) combined with metaphysical know-what and know how. This is so since all physical energy is conserved, and the application of knowledge brings ever greater knowledge. This makes us all billionaires.*
Rieves’ corollary to Fuller’s equation:
Applied Energy x (knowledge x experience)= Wealth
*Taken from Critical Path, R. Buckminster Fuller and paraphrased by Laurence Boldt in Zen and the Art of Making A Living.
What I’m saying in the “Rieves’ corollary” is that Wealth comes from Wise action. In other words, be smart when you do stuff if you want to Live an Abundant Life. That means we control the means of creating True Abundance in our Lives. Note that I didn’t limit Wealth to money. Financial Abundance is a fine thing, and I strive for it myself. But there are many kinds of Wealth. Increased knowledge is both a type of Abundance and a source of Abundance, as are new experiences. So if you want to be financially wealthy, you’d be well-advised to learn more about financial matters, and take wise action in the world of business and economics. But remember that you can be extremely wealthy in family and friends and lots of other things that can matter more than just money.
So what does all this doin’ and learnin’ have to do with Love? Love is at it’s best when it is shared out into the world. When you take action, do it with a Loving Heart. When you Learn something, do it because you Love it. Do it because you want to experience Love. Do it because you want to offer the experience of Love to others.
Maybe the corollary should be written this way:
[Applied Energy x (knowledge x experience)] x Love
What is the result of this? A Good Life, I think.
REMEMBER – I AM Wealthy. I AM always increasing My Knowledge. I AM always having new Experiences. I AM always acting in Love.
And So It Is!
~ Inspired by Galatians 5:22-23, My Studies and My Experiences
Peace, Grace, & Love,