From available evidence I concluded this: Every day of his time with humans, Jesus surprised somebody.
Who am I then to think I can always project, “what would Jesus do?” The effort usually is worthwhile, but today might be my day to be surprised. So I look also to God's word, to God's Spirit, and to the astonishing people who do what Jesus would do. The scriptures call them holy ones. Saints do not receive prayers; they provoke prayers. They show me what to pray for and how to pray. I cannot learn how to do miracles from a saint, but I can learn how to live. I think for example of the persevering single parent who works two jobs and still finds time to take her kids to soccer practice and to church.
One such role model for millions is Fred Rogers. In the following clip, Mr. Rogers reprises with neighborhood policeman François a moment they first enjoyed in 1969, when situating black and white feet in the same pool was rather more contentious. Mr. Rogers invites, Mr. Rogers listens, and Mr. Rogers always gently models the many ways to say I love you. At the end of the clip, Mr. Rogers does what Jesus did. Click the picture:
Who are your role models? Are you vigilant for role models? Do you, while you can, thank and encourage role models? Do you imitate them? For example, I aim to be worthy of trust, but I also aim with love every day to surprise somebody. If you find that I haven't loved or surprised somebody for several days, please check my pulse. Given the cloud of role models that surrounds us, the following perspective from Torquato Tasso is not that hard to implement. He wrote:
“Any time not spent on love is wasted.”
- A few Fred Rogers quotes
- Johnny Costa solos “There Are Many Ways to Say I Love You”
- François Clemmons, Vocal Artist
- Mr. Rogers on the Tonight Show
- Amazon: This 28-minute Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood Episode is # 1663. Or via YouTube.
- Esquire: The Definitive Mr. Rogers Profile: "Can You Say...Hero?"
The Mr Rogers' Neighborhood Archive