In the community where I grew up, my father had a friend named Albert. Albert was known throughout town as a drunk, but my father stuck by him, anyway. He saw not who Albert was, but who he could be—a child of God full of love and joy.
A popular worship anthem by songwriter Brooke Fraser says, “Lead me to the cross where Your love poured out/ Bring me to my knees, Lord, I lay me down/ Rid me of myself, I belong to You.”
These words are easy to sing, but hard to live.