What drives your motives and actions each day? Is it a desire to accomplish? A desire to succeed? Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting to be at the top of your game.
Do you do it at the expense of others?
At the expense of values?
Is it a desire to be the best you can be at the cost of things and people around you?
Do you take shortcuts so that you can just get ahead?
We only need to look at the endless amount of 24-hour news cycles and political climate we live in today to see real-life examples of that behavior.
Somehow, someway we have drifted so far from the teachings of Christ - and a man whose life and legacy we celebrate today, Martin Luther King, Jr. - to see how we look at the faults, weaknesses, and failings of others so that we can validate our positions and behaviors.
The talking heads on TV continually tell us why someone else isn't qualified to hold a position. They tell us about the mistakes, perceived lies and misgivings of others to justify their shortcomings. It's almost as if our biggest argument in today's world for our failures is "I may be bad, but THAT GUY is way worse!"
Our calling as Christ-followers is to come at things from a position of love. A position of mercy. A position of grace.
Peter tells us "...above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins," 1 Peter 4:8
What would happen if you and I walked in a manner that Christ called us to walk? If you and I approached our daily interactions from a place of love, mercy, and grace?
What if your actions and my actions came from a desire to lift others up, not tear down? What if in our desire to glorify God in all we do, the overflow of God's goodness from my heart and your heart would somehow impact the hearts of those we interact with daily?
What if the surly checkout clerk at Wal-Mart was greeted with a smile and "have a blessed day?"
What if the guy who cut you off in traffic was given a wider birth to get into your lane instead of you speeding up?
What if that person being rude to a waitress today at your favorite restaurant was met with an act of generosity of you buying their meal, and an anonymous note saying "I'm praying for you today. You are loved."
James wrote "mercy triumphs over judgment." Today, my desire is to work from a place of love, mercy and grace. How about you?