It’s been an interesting week to say the least. First week back at the office after a week and a half off; snow in the bluegrass, friends staying at our place. Needless to say it hasn’t been quite a “normal” week for us. It has been good, it has been filled with lessons and tidbits of life showing up in ways you wouldn’t have expected. It has been harsh. Real. In your face. Lovely. Merciful. I’ve seen a lot of my on frailty in humanity as I’ve looked in the mirror. I’ve seen someone I hope does submit her own will to her Savior to meet these goals. I’ve seen someone who needs to be more compassionate. Someone who needs to chill out when minor things happen rather than freak out. I’ve been reminded that we all have challenges. That life is complicated.
Also what I’m reminded of is that we all are in the same boat. I recently had the opportunity at work to be apart of a group who gathered responses to whether or not a poster of Tiger Woods should be removed on our campus. The poster was included in a series of posters around campus featuring different “Leaders of Diversity.” Tiger’s quote was about being a role model. Many folks could not see why we would leave the poster up as it does not reflect our values as an institution. Others quoted scriptures regarding forgiveness and “casting the first stone.” What a task we were given.
After much discussion and passionate responses, it was decided to leave his poster up with a small framed explanation beside it. What do we want to be known for as an institution? A campus that says which sins are worse than others (there is also a poster of Serena Williams up) or a college that extends graciousness and has visible reminders of just how frail and human we are?
As much as I personally was om the fence with this decision (the quote about beng a role model just really burned me), I am so glad we decided to go this route. I would hope that if someone were exaiming my life on weeks as the one I’ve had, they would still love me, they would still choose to look into my life as a work in progress–someone God is most certainly not finished refining and they would leave my picture up on their fridge.