Subtitle: Or, at the least, I think I believe
Sub-subtitle: Or, at the most, I believe I know
“I can live life…”
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other. As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony (Colossians 3.12-14; my emphases)
I, being human, blessed with mind and heart, soul and will, have the capacity to choose. I can (that is, I am able to) choose to express compassion or indifference, kindness or malice, humility or arrogance, meekness or callousness, patience or intolerance.
As I choose to be – compassionate, sharing your joys and sorrows, kind, caring for you with a gentle and generous spirit, humble, regarding myself neither higher than I ought nor lower than I can, meek, expressing my anger appropriately, and patient, accepting, not merely tolerating, and forgiving you and me just as we are – my life is characterized by a blessed balance.
In this blessed balance:
I can live life with a clear conscience, an even temper, an open hand, and a tender heart.
I can live life acknowledging the past, anticipating the future, and accepting the present.
I can live life more challenged and less consternated by change.
I can live life more open to new possibilities and less afraid of ambiguity.
I can live life more trusting of you and less obsessed with a need to try to control my environment – my circumstances and, yes, you.
I can live life acknowledging your truth and less tempted to name it (defame it as) something else when it disagrees with mine, which, undoubtedly, it (and you) will!
I can live life recognizing and receiving both joy and sorrow alike; for each, in its own way, reliably reminds me that I am alive.
© 2021 PRA