Sunday, August 27, 2017

Blog Elul 5, 5777: Accept

In the musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," based on the beloved "Peanuts" characters, Charlie Brown goes to visit Lucy in her "psychiatrist's booth."  He proceeds to list all of the things that are wrong with him, all of the things that bother him about life.  Of course, the ever-helpful Lucy is all too glad to help him expand on this list!

But after spending time knocking him down, Lucy helps to build Charlie Brown back up with one simple, but sweet statement: "You have the distinction to be no one else but the singular, remarkable, unique Charlie Brown..."

As we are in this season of self-reflection, it is natural to examine ourselves and perhaps find faults, or past behaviors of which we are not proud.  But the first step to living a good life, a life that both we and God can be pleased with, is self-acceptance.

May we each come to recognize and appreciate the innate goodness with which God has endowed us.  May we accept that we are who God created us to be.

...That'll be 5 cents, please.

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