Volf on: Extraordinary Life

“You sit on your couch, beer or soda in your hand and junk food by your side watching TV for hours – that’s ordinary. You work around the clock not because you have to feed your family, but for no other reason than to park a better car in your garage than your neighbours have – that’s ordinary. You get up from your couch to play with your kids or you give time and energy to help educate a prisoner or lend an ear to an elderly person – that’s extraordinary. Why? Because you are giving. Every gift breaks the barrier between the sacred and the mundane and floods the mundane with the sacred. When a gift is given, life becomes extraordinary because God’s own gift giving flows through the giver.”

Free of Charge by Miroslav Volf, p53/54

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