“Knowledge puffs up but love builds up” 1 Corinthians 8:1
I left Lone Star Taquería with a full mind and heart. Multiply Goodness blog co-founder Emily Freeman invited me to lunch after the busyness of the spring semester died down. She wanted to meet this new transplant to Utah, a Christian girl working unexpectedly (that’s another blog post!) at a Mormon university. When I’d shared with my students in the fall that I was one of the few non-LDS professors on campus, it resulted in an invitation to participate in this blog. (Thanks, fellow MG-blogger Cade Mooney!)
A month after that delicious fish taco feast, my heart and mind are still full. I am challenged by the prospect of Building Good, by the purpose and intention of this blog. I have more thinking and praying to do. And listening.
Listening is a part of loving someone–listening to their story, their journey. Paul Tillich writes that “the first duty of love is to listen.”
I have many strong convictions about what I believe to be true, things I’d fall on my sword for, so to speak. I have lots of “knowledge” about my own faith tradition and how it’s distinct from other traditions. But I also know that I am called to love. I want to build up in love, not be puffed up with my knowledge.