One thing I’ve grown to understand deeply on my faith journey is that Jesus’ teaching was not about doctrine or dogma, not about rules of faith. Jesus’ teaching was about a Way of living, a way of being in the world. Christ’s Way is not about perfection – it’s about our intention to faithfulness. God doesn’t call us to be perfect in what we do.
I shouldn’t live in worry of what others might think if I’m not able to do something with polish and perfection, waiting until I’ve mastered whatever it is before I try. I am simply asked to faithfully fill the jars of life, every day – to seek daily that ‘next right thing’ to do and then to do my best at it. From our simple desire to be faithful to Jesus’ Way of living will grow compassion and mercy, justice and grace.
This poem speaks to me about my desire to live every day with faithfulness and joy. I pray it speaks to you as well.
I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.
May you choose to risk your significance, faithfully filling the jars, every day.