No matter how disheartening the headlines, we can’t lose sight of the fact that we hold the answer to our world’s problems. Our lives and our discourse must always witness to the love of Christ in the world. We are his hands – wounded with nails, yes – but relentless in mercy.
Our minds have the tendency of honing in on events that rank high on the emotional register. Experiences that arouse powerful emotional responses may be positive or negative; but we’re known to hang on to the negative ones. They get imprinted in our emotional memory and become patterns of thought that are inconsistent with the way life actually is and who we are today.
Fortunately there’s a more reliable account of who we are than the one our insecurities would tempt us to believe. The Gospel is clear: we are children of God and we are unconditionally loved by God. End of story.
When life trips our Achilles heel, let’s keep that in mind and walk a little taller, drawing ever closer to the love that gives us Life.
It is that time of year again. Students are preparing for graduation, that rite of passage that makes all of us more than a little a nostalgic. Parents are negotiating the number of passes to the ceremony with all the family and friends who wish to share in the big event. I have been pouring over all the commencement and valedictory speeches floating around the internet and thought I’d share the closing line to Donovan Livingston’s speech at Harvard. It’s just really on point. Here it is.
God bless you!
How we answer this question determines the course of our lives. We can’t avoid it. Every moment of everyday we are choosing for or against Him.
Our accomplishments, however great, are for naught without love. So the saints tell us.
“Who do you say that I am?” This question. It is the place we should return to throughout the day.