Forgiveness in the age of outrage

We continue the series Foundations of New Thought exploring the basic idea of who we really are, a statement of our being. We are born in the image and likeness of God, our very essence is Divine; therefore, we are inherently good. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. We all know this and yet how very seldom any of us act in a manner that even closely resembles this fact and that is ok. We are on a spiritual journey and as the 12 steps tells us we strive for spiritual practice not spiritual perfection.

We live in an age of outrage at even the slightest offense and in a world where everyone seems embolden to make comments, often anonymously, about not just our supposed offense but on our character, as well. In the face of this unrelenting stream of negativity it would be easy to simply disconnect from the world and isolate within our spiritual communities. Easy does not always equate to the best or most powerful and transformative choice.

I choose to practice forgiveness in the face of outrage. Grace in the face of people falling short of their spiritual ideal. I choose not to respond in kind and instead see the Christ in everyone even though they are not expressing it in the moment. When I fall short, which I frequently do, I become aware of my own failings, forgive myself, vow to be better and make amends, if I need to. If we want the world to be different we must begin to act differently ourselves. As we sing each Sunday morning "let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me." I choose peace, forgiveness and grace in the age of outrage.