We have a choice every day of our lives. We can either work to become a better version of ourselves, or we can give into the dark corners that lie within each of us.
Make no mistake, working to become a better version of ourselves is hard work. But to quote one of my favorite lines from President John F. Kennedy:
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills,because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win,and the others, too.”
Anything worth doing is worth doing regardless of the struggle. And, my dear brothers and sisters, it is a challenge we must accept. In our world today, too much hatred, bigotry, and division exists. And unless we work to become better versions of ourselves, we will never see the kind of change that we all desire to see.
However, you can do the easy thing. You can continue to allow the hatred, bigotry, and division to keep us down. We can allow the voices of division to keep us from recognizing the great struggle that poverty have created in our cities, states, and our nation as a whole. They can continue to use race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion to divide us. And we will continue to see people die in the streets from starvation, neglect, and abuse.
We as a people have to stop the continued march of these darker instincts. Our Christ calls us to be better than those things hiding in the shadows of our hearts. We are called to become more like the Christ in our daily lives.
Resolve with me today to begin working to be a better person. Work with me to stand against the hatred by sharing love, against violence by sharing peace, against bigotry by being accepting and inclusive, and against poverty by helping those most in need in our back yard and at our borders.
Then, and only then, will we truly see and end to the hatred, bigotry, and division in our world.