None of us are perfect. We all have failings. Each one of us are tempted in different areas. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” So, we are all sinners and we have all failed. I was reminded of this from a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.
Recently Holli and I watched parts of the PBS series on The Roosevelt’s. The final episode in the series dealt with FDR’s death at Warm Springs, Ga. I realize his legacy is mixed, but most would say that Roosevelt was a great President who led America out of the Great Depression and through WWII.
Although he was a great President, FDR and Eleanor had a complicated marriage. She knew about his failings, yet she stayed with him. Roosevelt had a mistress and she was with him when he died.
Eleanor Roosevelt found this out at his death.
She had a right to be hurt…feel betrayed…and she probably felt both…but she set aside whatever hurt she was feeling and said this regarding FDR’s life;
“All human beings have failings, all human beings have needs and temptations and stresses. Men and women who live together through long years get to know one another’s failings; but they also come to know what is worthy of respect and admiration in those they live with and in themselves. If at the end one can say, This man used to the limit the powers that God granted him; he was worthy of love and respect and of the sacrifices of many people, made in order that he might achieve what he deemed to be his task, then that life has been lived well and there are no regrets.”
I like the line, “…all human beings have failings.” Eleanor is right; we all have flaws. FDR had flaws…I have flaws….we all have flaws. Although our flaws certainly aren’t good, we should not dwell on the flaws of others. We are all sinners saved by grace.
Everyone is struggling with something. For one person, it may be alcohol or drugs. For someone else maybe it’s porn. For someone else maybe it’s greed or pride. We all have failings but Jesus loves us in spite of our failings and we should love another.