“You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.” James 3:18 (The Message Bible)
Last night my daughter and I watched the first episode of the 2012 show “The Bachelor.” Knowing that the viewers are looking for drama in this show, I was not surprised to see how cute and clever some of the twenty-five contestants were when they met Ben. Many of them have already decided they are to be his wife and will claw their way into his heart each week to get a rose. What I found disturbing was that when Ben wasn’t around, the women were catty, running each other down, and showing a side of them that Ben should watch in the reruns before getting down on his knee to propose to any of them.
For the rest of the series, the candidates of “The Bachelor” will never form a true community. If my raw form were to be exposed on national TV, I wouldn’t be considered a favorable candidate in my community either.
Dear Lord, because my true self is naked in front of you, I am grateful you accept me as I am and give me a chance to be a better person. Amen.