The Oasis - September 13, 2023

Author: Rev. Eric Dupee
September 13, 2023

     In a recent sermon in which I spoke about the power of purpose, I quoted actor Jeff Goldblum from an appearance on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert. I few people asked if I would share the quote in written form. Colbert asked him how he stays inspired. Goldblum began with a mundane response. He went on to mention something about playing music. Then, he paused and said, “Actually, I keep coming back to this quote from George Bernard Shaw.” 
     Then, entirely from memory, he recited this quote saying: This is the true joy in life…being used for a purpose considered by myself as a mighty one. The being a force of nature, instead of a feverish, selfish, little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making me happy. I’m of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community. And while I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It’s a sort of splendid torch that I hold up for the moment. I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
            I find that quote inspiring and I’m glad others did too. There are lots of things happening at First Parish Church this month and next. I hope you will take a look at this edition of the Oasis and participate in our outreach and ministries. 


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