There are so few things in my life about which to complain that it boggles the mind. For some reason, life has been good to me in so many ways. I have an amazing family, a loving partner-in-crime, a job that pays most of the bills, decent health. But why? What did I ever do to deserve this?
The truth is, I have done nothing to deserve this. This has become clear over the past few days’ struggles. For every good thought or deed that passes through me, it is counter-balanced by countless thoughts and deeds that are selfish, gruesome, and appalling. Many friends and acquaintances would be quick to disabuse me of this belief and try to convince me I am a good man, but the truth is I am deeply flawed. I know they mean well, but the fact is, it is the acceptance and knowledge of my many weaknesses that motivates me to try and be better. True, I often insanely make the same mistakes again and again, but I do not give up trying to be better. The one thing that has remained through everything is a sense of grace – the realization that the most valuable blessings in my life continue to flow, not because of what I do, but because of the Love of others.
Love Your Neighbor is not a suggestion, it is a reality. My heart witnesses that reality every day in many ways, but it usually takes a personal stumble to make me recognize how Love really works in my life.