“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”
This quote is often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of FDR, though it’s never been definitively proven.
Regardless of who really said it, this quote has been on my mind a lot lately.
There are far too many times I find myself to be a small-minded person.
Part of it is my line of work. I work with people. Lead people. Try to help people.
Still I find myself challenged by this.
Small minds get hung up gossiping and reading into the motives of others.
Average minds say things like, “Did you see the game last night?” and “Did you hear what happened?”
The idea of undeserved Grace, mercy and love is a great idea.
Maybe it’s more than great, closer to unbelievable.
Yet that is the idea and truth Jesus has offered humanity.
I am small when I believe that only certain kinds of people are worthy of God’s love, care and attention.
“God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful.” (Romans 5.8, CEV)
No event can separate us from God’s love. If I believe that I need to reread my Bible.
“Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8.38-39, NLT)
The idea that God took the initiative and built the relational bridge between himself and humanity is incredible.
Jesus. His love, kindness, and grace are great.
I want my life to be about communicating and sharing this great news.