I start every day the same, with this simple prayer, “God make me 1% better today than I was yesterday.” Some days I succeed, some days I don’t.
As I drive to work, I pass a sign that says, “Just love everyone, I’ll sort ’em out later. – GOD”
I do my best to let these two messages be my guiding lights. Like I said, some days I succeed, some days I don’t, but like everyone else, I am a work in progress.
As we start our journey of Holy Week, I was thinking this morning, as a society we have forgotten the promise of that Holy Week so many centuries ago.
When I was a child, I was taught that Jesus went to the cross for ALL of our sins. He didn’t do it for men, or women, or whites, blacks, Asians, gay, straight, rich, poor, Republican or Democrat, he died and three days later rose from the dead for ALL of us.
I have always taken comfort in that promise of the death and resurrection in knowing that Jesus did it as much for me as he did anyone else. I am no more or less important than anyone else. I’m not worthy of that grace, and neither are you, but our Lord gave it to each of us, a gift we should embrace and respect, it was for ALL who believe.
Sadly, I think many of us, myself included, often times forget the ALL of us part.
Maybe, just maybe, if we thought more about the ALL of us part of the Holy Week promise and less about our differences in race, sex, status and beliefs we would all be better off and more like Christ.
What Would Jesus Do? He Would Love First.