“People are unrealistic, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.”
// Mother Teresa
It seems too small to make a big difference —- to make your life into bread and that be enough.
To make a meal, to touch a shoulder, listen longer, bring a handful of wild flowers, to be present in this moment and stretch out your hand and let someone taste the grace of you… these are things that change more than the world — they literally change worlds. Yours and theirs and all of ours.
Jesus ushered in the Kingdom of God with a table and bread and wine and an invitation and maybe we usher it in today by stirring a pot and setting the table and petting the dog and asking someone who feels forgotten to come.
You don’t get long here before you get to be a memory — so make your life about getting thirsty people glasses of water.
It’s simple today: You are perishable here, Taste the moments accordingly — and get thirsty people glasses of water.
Because the Good News is about One who loved everyone to death, the good news begins again everywhere we love others in service and not ourselves in selfishness, the good news begins wherever we make ourselves into His Good News.
There is a sort of miracle that happens in times like these, all of us saying: I am grateful with my small place because here I can give a Great God great glory.
There is a sort of miracle that happens when you realize you could sort of have two lives. And that the second one miraculously starts the minute you realize you really only have one.
Just choose life. Just choose the people around the table instead of always choosing the ones who are miles away waiting on you to double tap their photos. They’ll be there when you turn back to the screen.
Choose who you have right here, right here. It’s precious. It’s urgent. When they ask you to go get margaritas after dinner, go without reserve. You can buy groceries the next day. Choose long drives. Choose screaming Taylor Swift at the top of your lungs. Choose saying “yes” to dates, even if you don’t know if they’re “the one.” I guess I just want to beg you to let people in. Welcome them in. Just let people hold your hands and buy you dinner. Let them compliment your smile. Let yourself feel beautiful for five minutes.
Choose dishes left in the sink for nights beneath the stars. Choose random chats in Target with the cashier. Choose using people’s names more often than you don’t. Choose slow dancing in the kitchen.