Come As You Are

I am kind to everyone. I’m not threatened at all by people who don’t look and think like me. I am full of love for every living human being, regardless of race, gender, social status, or anything else that looks different than me. I love them all.

I am the most joyful person in the room. Nothing ever brings me down. I am always happy because I am always at peace. And I also have all the patience I need. I never get mad. After all, everyone deserves a second, or third, or 4,000th chance, don’t they? Because you see, I’m kind. I am so full of goodness, I am then able to see the good in everyone. My faith allows me to be gentle towards everyone and always in self control.

Now, before you completely hit the brakes and find somewhere else to hang out, let me acknowledge: I’m no monk. Of course I’m not. I have never been all of those things. But I want to be.

I am only sometimes some of them. In fact, in my past, I have been none of those things all of the time, for a long time. But by the grace of God, I can change. And you can too.

And that’s why I will be at church tomorrow. And I hope you will be too. Because the message that Jesus wants me, and you, to hear is to come just as you are. You don’t need a new past or a different set of relationships or financial circumstances. You just need to be present. All you need is you.

What I desire, and what God desires to do for me, through the Holy Spirit, is to make me all those things all the time. And he wants that for you too. Because in every community is a kid who doesn’t have a positive role model. That kid doesn’t even know it but he’s literally dying for someone to step into his or her life and teach them about kindness, gentleness, faith, self control, patience, happiness. And finding real joy in life through all of that.

We can make the world a better place one kid at a time.Together, with Christ, we can do it. But you have to be there. And you can come just as you are.