In a recent “Family Circus” comic by Bill Keane, a scene unfolds on what looks like a leisurely Sunday afternoon in the family living room. The children are sitting/laying on the floor playing a board game and their father bends down from the chair where he is sitting to watch the action. The frame is frozen in time when the daughter looks up at him and asks, “Who do you hope wins, Daddy?” The look on the father’s face says, it is not about winning or losing, all of you are precious to me. I delight in the fun you are having together, I could never choose.
A similar scene presents itself in a parable portraying Jesus telling a story. (Christian scriptures Luke 18:9-14). Two people present themselves at prayer, one judging others, the other recognizing the truth about self and God, imperfections, gifts, joys, sadness and all. In the parable Jesus invites those convinced of their own righteousness and who are despising everyone else to look deep within themselves to know who they are–imperfections, gifts, sadness, joys–and in that way, there is no need to judge others as they know the truth about themselves and God. Jesus invites them to delight in one another.
As in the “Family Circus” comic, the invitation is to delight in all of humanity without need to be better than anyone else. “It isn’t whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” And so it is with life!
Our invitation is to embrace delight.
Blessings and peace.