Questions asked, communication fails, walk away with empty hands,
and an empty heart,
“there is no perfect church”.
Memory prompts thoughts of past hurts made without apology with the oh-so-common response of “I’m not perfect”.
One is an answer to accept and the other side steps acknowledgment.
And it’s love that covers the failure because love your neighbor.
I’m sorry for the hurt you were caused by the imperfect church.
I’m sorry you expected more. Not perfection. Just more.
The unconditional kind of love you would expect from God.
The kind you have heard about,
the kind you were told,
but didn’t see.
The imperfect church does not reflect a perfect God.
Sometimes, we’re the one who causes pain.
When I think in those terms, I am not so ready to be angry at someone who has hurt me.
This is humility.
Humility is taking your rightful place in God’s creation, yet, submitting yourself to the bigger picture.
We don’t say we’re sorry enough. Far too often, we make it about us and our feelings. Our feelings count. But so do the feelings of others.
In Christianity, the focus is on loving God and your neighbor. Jesus said these were the greatest commandments and if you are doing this, “the rest” will fall into place. If you think about it, it’s because all of our thoughts, words, and actions are affecting God or our neighbor.
When you give and don’t think about yourself first, you are a happier person.
Challenge: For the next 7 days, say you are sorry to one person every day. See how humble it makes you feel.
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