In The Kite Runner, Amir, the main character, is haunted for decades by his failure to help his friend. When we back away from, ignore, or avoid action that we believe is right out of fear, greed, or habit, our failure will make our life less than what it could be. Jesus and Paul knew that the way to real life, a fulfilling life, reuquires the willingness to face the dangers or losses linked to doing what is right. We feel better about ourselves and carry a much smaller burden through life. Often doing what is right opens the door to extraordinary opportunities and experiences. The main readings for next Sunday’s service are Psalm 27 and Philippieans 3:17–4:1.
Since it is lent, this might be a good time to reflect on how our failures to act in the past have affected our lives. Also, know that God does not hold our failures against us, and God is standing near, ready to help us make the right choice next time.
Taking up the cross is the way to peace and fulfillment.