If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be, and why? If that seems too easy, try this one: who would you like to have spend a day as you and what do you hope they’d learn from the experience?
Wow, what an opportunity it would be to be able to spend an entire day as someone else. What to do? Whom to choose?
- The President?
- A Genie?
- A beautiful actress?
- A best-selling author?
Ah, but alas for me it shall be none of these. Whom would I choose to be? Why? First things first. I choose Jesus Christ. No, not on the day of His birth in a smelly stable with animal dung, even if someone did bring me fancy perfume to help cover up the smell.
No, not at age 33 for as it is still the Easter season in the Christian church year, we know what happened then. I think perhaps at age 32 or so.
Why, you ask? Well, no I do not wish to turn water into wine. No, I think perhaps training up the 12 (soon to be 11) wouldn’t be my first choice for how to spend my last days . . . oh, that’s right. It took 3 years. No, my reason is more simple. You see, I find it hard sometimes to love as He loves, to forgive as He does, to see as He did and does, and to know our hearts – our real and authentic selves – even when they are wrapped in layers and layers of human weakness and flaws. If I could be Him for one day, surely it would make it a bit easier to reflect Him on others, even the ones I unfairly judge sometimes . . . yes, them too, if only I could really experience Him that deeply.
If I could be Him for just one day, perhaps it would be easier to walk in fear or even to let go of fear completely? Perhaps, if I could be Him for just one day, it would become simpler to say “yes, Lord” when He speaks and not hesitate so often? Perhaps it would be easier, if I could be Him for just one day, to walk where He walks even if I am sure I’m going to get lost . . . or to know, instead, that with Him I can never be lost?
If I could be Jesus for just one day, maybe it would be easier to be the real me that I was truly created to be! You see, if I could be someone else for just one day, I cannot imagine wanting to be any other than the one I love most, to be one with Him. Seamless. United. Consumed. All Consuming. Never to be apart. Even for just one day.
Hey, you know? With Jesus, I can be all that. I don’t have to pretend. It’s real. He’s real. He lives in me. I can do this! Wow! Join me?