On this Good Friday, like each year, Christians observe the crucifixion of Jesus. For some it is a day of mourning and fasting before Easter and for others it can be a time of expressing gratitude for the sacrifice given on the cross.
As a Christian, I do observe this day and it brought to the forefront thoughts of becoming a better me every day.
How can we become a better person each day? If your goal, like me, is to live a full meaningful life, becoming a better person each day should be a simple task.
I believe it starts with gratitude. Being grateful for all you are and all you have each morning will start your day in a way that will bring to you more of that for which you are grateful.
Sometimes, when we are going through a particularly difficult time we may find it hard to find things to be grateful for.
I remember a story about a soldier I heard recently. An American soldier that had come back from the Middle East was being asked some questions about how medical professionals could help him if they were to provide him with a prosthetic arm. You see, he lost his left arm serving his country.
The young man was very optimistic and upbeat and thankful that the doctors were looking into a prosthetic arm that could have the range of motion that a real arm would have.
He was so thankful to the doctors that when they thanked him for his time in that session and for his service–he turned to them and said “I am just so grateful I didn’t lose my good arm”–you see he was a righty, so he could still use his right hand and arm.
As he backed his wheelchair away from the table the doctors were very moved by his gratitude and the fact that he had also lost both legs.
Gratitude then becomes a much larger proposition when we think about how lucky and blessed we truly are.
We do not have to strive to be as grateful as that soldier–but to be better each day, we should be grateful and acknowledge those things in our lives that are so wonderful.
Secondly, to strive to be a better person each day–we should live with a clear intention. An intention that will guide not only your day but how you want to live your life each and everyday.
An intention may be harder to come up with and fulfill on a daily basis–if we put too much pressure on ourselves to “intend” the right things.
Many times my intentions are very simple ones: I intend to do no harm today, I intend to turn the other cheek if I am offended, I intend to smile at someone who may need a smile today.
It does not have to be hard or perfect.
To become a better me everyday, I just need to remember to forgive myself for my mistakes of yesterday, have gratitude for the new chance this day gives us to be different and to intend to do the best with that opportunity.
I am an imperfect person. Good Friday reminds me that I am already forgiven.
On this Good Friday, I leave you with this: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Enjoy this day. Be better than yesterday and have fun.