Charlie Brown.

You know him. You love him. If fact, you may be him.

  • Can’t win for losing. Can’t lose for winning.

  • Being mistreated then turning crowd-favorite.

  • Pitcher for the losing team.

  • From kinda happy to kinda unhappy.

When I think of Charlie Brown I typically think of the “football” scene. You know the one. Charlie and Lucy are interacting when Lucy has a football and wants Charlie to kick it. Charlie knows that as soon as he gets close to kicking it, she’s going to pull it away so that he’ll miss and fall flat and be embarrassed. But, everytime, he tries. This makes me think of a verse.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening] 1 Corinthians 13:7 AMP

The part I think of is the highlighted portion. Charlie knows that Lucy will probably pull the ball away. He knows that he could fall and be embarrassed. But, in the back of his mind he has to be thinking, “Maybe she’ll let me do it this time.

I want to be that type of person. I want to be that full of love. The best way I can think of using that verse is the phrase, “they didn’t mean it.” In context it would be:

“I know they said those hurtful things, but they didn’t mean it. I’m sure they feel bad for saying it.”

This is not going to change the other person or their actions. This is going to change you and how you deal with it. This may sound like a pie-in-the-sky, oblivious, door-mat mindset and I’m not saying to be a pushover and let people walk over you. What I am saying is to continue to hope for the best in every person. The sky is the limit for hope. The gates are wide open for love.

Don’t forget that Jesus is ever ready to believe the best for you. Now, it’s your turn.