Dazzling: (adj) something or someone who impresses deeply; astonishes with delight:
Imagine there are two meters.
One meter measures evil; another, good.
With me so far?
As you look at these meters, you notice there are settings.
On the Evil Meter, there is a top range of really, really bad—and a bottom range of “forgivable.”
On the Good Meter, there’s a top range which is “miraculous,” and on the bottom, “considerate.”
Is it possible for you and I to understand that how we set these meters depends on how well we get along with other people, and also our outlook about life on Earth?
If I set my Evil Meter too hot, I will find many things distasteful and ungodly, and end up coming across like a judgmental fool.
And if I set my Good Meter to only accept miracles that come from the Throne of God as being the definition of good, I will ignore many kindnesses that pop up in front of my eyes.
It is important that at the end of the day, if asked by our friends and relatives, “And how did you fare?” that we come back with that glorious word:
To find our journey dazzling, we must calm down our Evil Meter and turn up our Good Meter.
We must be much more likely to find possibilities and blessings than we are to dig up fire and brimstone.
Of course, we’ll be accused by those who are very religious of being liberal, foolish or too easy to satisfy—but these are not the folks we’re out to impress.
We are working and discovering how to find a life that pleases us, pleases others …
And therefore pleases God, Himself.