the blog’s title comes from the line of the movie, Ever After.
“Cinderella” is dressing above her station in order to release a friend who had been sold by her stepmother into slavery. as Cinderella prepares, her friend coaches her: “If you’re going to be a noblewoman, you must play the part,” and he adds, “look down to no one.”
if i have learned anything this year it’s how to play that part.
as i consider what it might mean to view others from His perspective, it truly simplify things. He sees humanity. He died for all, whether all believe it or not. He loves all, whether all know it or not. no one is above the other. no “sinner” worse than another. no “saint” better than another. He loves us all perfectly and completely. He loves me. He loves those who have hurt me. He loves you. perfectly and completely.
while so many of us worry about perception and what others think about us, here was how most people perceived Christ while he was on earth:
“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’“
(matthew 11:19, nasb)
they saw Jesus, God on earth, as a drunk, as a glutton, as someone who was a friend of all those people. but did He stop eating with them? no. drinking with them? no. and yet He never once compromised. He never once stopped being Who He is. it almost seems that He preferred the company of those that “christians” these days often hide from and picket against.
i am a broken person. we all are. while some of us may be a little farther in our journey than others, it is important to remember that we are all on even ground. not above or below. no matter what you may have done or had done to you. the sooner we stop measuring people by their pasts or lifestyles or statuses, and see them as someone He has placed on earth for us to be Jesus to, the better we can find our selves to be. it’s not about believing you can change anyone. you can’t. it’s about knowing Him. and you’ll find a profound change take place in you and your perspective that you didn’t expect.
i know that as long as i’m alive, there is opportunity to learn and grow. even when i fail or relapse or screw up, there is always hope – always another chance – just so long as i’m breathing. when you let go of traditions, of “DOs” and “DON’Ts”, when you start pursuing Him in the way He is meant to be pursued – not by threats or guilt, but by grace…that is when you start to know Him. that is when you start to truly understand the value of ALL life.
be the change you wish to see in the world. -ghandi