I’ve been changed by a story about a man; at least that’s what people think he was. His work, his words…everything he did, made those around him stand back in wonder.
I watched him interact with grace even though he was often misunderstood. How could he not be? The world around him had made so many assumptions about the way things should be, that what was normal, wasn’t really normal. The people were so comfortable in their ways. In fact, they just didn’t think they were right…they knew it. Even when they were challenged, it didn’t matter. What they believed was untouchable. Yet, it didn’t seem to change his course. He never gave up or gave in. He always carried on.
Sometimes, when we would sit and watch together, we would see the same thing, yet he saw it differently. And when we would listen, he heard it differently too. What was amazing was that he seemed to be able to take this gift and make people feel loved, heard, understood and most importantly, important. While he spoke candidly, his words seemed to be met with an open mind. How? Why? Why would people continue to listen to this man?
Moreover, through misunderstanding and judgment, he always loved. So much so, that he would go out of his way to make sure that everyone knew of it.
Remember that he saw what they didn’t see and heard what they didn’t hear? Yeah…his ability to make things plain as day opened people up to the mysteries of life. They found understanding. They found meaning. They found life.
It is my life’s goal to be like this man…to stay alert with my eyes wide open…to live in gratitude for the opportunities that I’ve been given..to persistently seek the creativity that reveals mysteries…to work tirelessly to look beyond my challenges and see the endless possibilities. It is my hope that everything I do will work to make the mysteries of life, as plain as day to all those I encounter.
I dedicate myself to actively use my eyes and ears as I live and work around people; being careful not to overlook the details; making the most of every situation. I will strive to always be welcoming, encouraging and intentional in everything that’s said with the purpose to bring out the best, not the worst, in others.
This life isn’t a burden, but an assignment. I look forward to exploring its creativity with you.