June 4, 2020
“With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4: 2-3
Six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, Tom Brady, recently delivered a virtual commencement address to Forman School, a private boarding school in Connecticut, serving students with learning disabilities. In addition to talking about the ups and downs of his own college and professional careers,Mr. Brady focused on humility at the end of his speech, saying that his and the students’ learning should never be done, so “be humble about that and understand that you don’t know anything….there is so little that we actually do know……have the humility to wake up every day with your mind, eyes, and ears open to learn from those who are younger and older.”
It is good advice in an age when many think they have all the answers, spiritually and politically. But humility has proven over the centuries to be the best way to move forward, understanding the answersyou don’t have can well be answered by another set of eyes that looks to a different way, a different approach.
This is one of the ways we can heal the divisions in our nation today by looking to different answers and different opinions, no matter the age or the circumstance. Paul told us to “show tolerance for one another in love.” The more tolerance we show for one another’s opinion and the more openness we show for different perspectives and different vantage points--- the more we will move forward together as a nation.
Let us begin today.
Prayer: God of peace and love, help us to take the time to learn from others. May we approach life with the humility of listening to and learning from those who have a different understanding of the same issue. In Christ’s name we pray.Amen.