14 Nov Renovations
I am a self-proclaimed “bullet point writer.” My co-workers and my family will tell you that they often need to decipher my notes to them, because they frequently read a string of words that may, or may not be in grammatical order. Because of this, I’m having difficulty getting my blog back up and running. I often feel and see things so much more intensely than I can put into words.
This fall we have been living through renovations to our home and everything has seemed upside down and backwards due to the chaos construction can cause. It has been very unsettling even though it has been an incredibly harmonious experience with the crew.
Our newly painted kitchen now has this print of the famous Norman Rockwell United Nations mosaic as its focal point. Yesterday as we repositioned it in our kitchen, it made me want to blog. Hanging this specific picture was very timely due to the bitter elections coming to a close and a lot of people feeling intense emotions on opposite ends of the spectrum.
The change in management feels like the construction I’ve lived through in my home these past few months. Hanging this picture where I will see it daily will be my morning reminder that it is up to ME and it is up to YOU to live out the Golden Rule in all our words and actions. That is how we make this country great.
Today in church we discussed Jesus’s countercultural teachings from the Gospel of Luke, which highlighted to me the desperate need in our country for the Golden Rule to be as prominently positioned as the print in my kitchen.
Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.35 but love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Jesus didn’t say it was easy. But who can argue that it’s easy to love those who love us?
There is a great deal of work and healing to be done in our country. Much social woundedness needs to be healed. Where do we begin? The late Michael Jackson expressed it perfectly in his lyrics to “The Man in the Mirror.”
“I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.
Be kind. Be loving. Be forgiving. Be generous. Be grateful.
We must start each day living the Golden Rule. Practice makes perfect.
Do unto others as you would have them do to you.