What Doesn’t Matter Does Matter

CreativityDear God,
I bet it is very hard for you to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it.
Nan

Dear God,
Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident?
Norma

Dear God,
Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother.
Larry

We may smile at these children’s letters to God, but sometimes the best wisdom is wrapped up in heartfelt innocence. After all, who of us hasn’t wondered these things ourselves?

The problem with becoming a grownup is we outgrow our hope and trust in the God who does love everybody in the whole world, whose sense of humor and diversity is reflected in all of creation, and who offers simple solutions for humanity. And maybe that’s our problem. We want to intellectualize, rationalize, theologize our way out of doing what matters by augmenting what doesn’t matter.

Jesus had two main themes he reiterated over and over again in his stories and teachings. He taught that we need to forgive because we have already been forgiven and everyone – absolutely everyone – was welcome. Not only was everyone welcome, they were welcome no matter who they were or who they weren’t, what they did or didn’t do, who they knew or didn’t know. In other words, everyone was welcomed unconditionally.

When we look at the story of the son who squandered away his inheritance in profligate (great word) living, we see a father who ran to his son whom he had been watching for. When we meet the woman drawing water from the well during the hottest part of the day because no one was there to shun her, not only did Jesus talk to her (men did not talk to women who weren’t family members in that day and culture), he talked to her knowing her scandalous story. The tax collector, the prostitute, the unreligious, the outcast, the leper, the destitute, the scholar, the uber-religious, male, female, married, not married … I’m certain even gay and straight … were included.

Inclusiveness is defined as not excluding any section of society or any party involved in something. It seems to me that we’re long overdue in throwing open the doors and letting whomever walk through. In the eternal scheme it’s not up to us anyway.

Mother Teresa put it like this:

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Dear God,
I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tue, That was cool.
Eugene

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