I often think about what it would have been like if I would have been alive in the time of Jesus. A savior? The son of God? Would I have criticized him? Would I have followed him? I’d like to think that I would have believed in him, and more than that supported him.
I think about this often when I find myself hesitating to do something I really want to do. Something that feels right. That feels good. I’m positive Jesus faced a great deal of scrutiny. I’m confident that he was the only one that truly understood the sheer magnitude of the labour of love that he was offering to us. I try remember this when I have heard criticism and negative comments on some of the projects that I have worked on.
Though my ego wants approval and praise, I think about Jesus who was carrying out one of the most beautiful missions of love and peace for us. I think about how misunderstood he was. How he must have been ridiculed, and it makes me realize that the ego needs to be put aside in order for us to accomplish great acts of love and art.
We must ask God to give us the work and opportunities that will change our hearts and add value to those around us. But with that request, we must also ask and muster the courage to leave behind what people say and whether or not they understand.