Possibly it is my reading of Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.
That has me thinking in this direction.
It is has been a most painful read.
Yet a book I cannot put down.
The main male character, Michael Hosea, loves the main female character, Angel, regardless of what she does or does not do, what she says or does not say, her lack of attention to him, or her specific attention to inflict pain, none of it will change his love for her.
He is relentless in his efforts to love her, push her to realize that there was more to her than a pair of eyes and a pair of legs, and discover herself and what God had intended for her.
He wanted to be what other men had not been in her life.
He solely wanted to give to her and not take from her.
Angel, in the book, without exposing the plot, always had an asterisk behind her name, brought about from her past.
That is how she is remembered by those from her past and by those who discover who she was before.
She was less than perfect and she was the first to acknowledge her previous life.
We all know we each are less than perfect.
And we so often apply an asterisk after our name, or we attach an asterisk to the lives of others.
“Oh, she’s great, but did you know…?”
“Thank you for those kind words, but, if you really knew me, you might not think…”
We should strive every day to see others, and ourselves, through the eyes of acknowledging the imperfect and accepting ourselves and others in spite of it.
That’s how God see each one of us.
When we communicate with people this week, let’s distance ourselves from saying their name, and placing an unspoken asterisk behind their name, because we know of their previous or current faults.
When we look at own own life, refuse to place an asterisk after your name, even to yourself.
Leave off the asterisk and just let people be who they are already struggling to be, better people.
“I, yes, I alone am he who blots away your sins for my own sake and will never think of the again.” Isaiah 43:25