Blog 2271 – 01.09.2022
Believing Ourselves Better, We Often Act Less Than Our Best
If that sounds like a play on words to you, I assure you that is not how it is meant. I believe with my all of my heart that there is no difference between the eternal weight of glory of the poor street beggar than there is the Wall Street financial billionaire, or any of us for that matter.
Some of, I think, the most important words attributed to Jesus that are so key to his message that he expressed them in both negative and positive terms so their true meaning, intention, could not be misinterpreted or misunderstood as perhaps many of his other teachings have been throughout the two thousand twenty or so years since he walked where we walk so to speak. Jesus spoke, specifically and listed in detail for clarity, not hyperbole, how we should treat “family” and we are all family. From the twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew verses thirty-five through forty-five, I paraphrase for brevity:
“I was hungry and you fed me: I was thirsty and you gave me drink: I was naked and you clothed me: I was sick and you visited me: I was in prison and you came to me – in that you did or did it not to the least of these my brothers and sisters you did or did it not to me.”
Love has no hierarchy. The Universe has no good, better, best children, no first or second class citizens. None of us is better, none of us is less. There are no red-headed step-children in this family, whether you consider them “favored” or “least” for their red tinted hair, behaviors, or current situations. We are all one and the same and each of us equally deserving of love and a ring, a robe, and a seat of honor at the homecoming party table. Our status as full family member despite all the hype was never in jeopardy nor was it ever dependent upon our acting or being better.
Love takes all the worry out of being close. This is not and has never been a test, just a romp, a vacation of sorts, a safe space for us to act out any and all of our fantasies.
What do you have to say in conclusion, Crazy Dave. Only this, “Sweet Dreams, Pilgrims. I will see you, if not before, when we get home.”
Your friend and fellow traveler,
Part of the great big “none the less” family
Not That Different
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Yes and yes and yes, wonderful post.