Have you ever struggled with understanding why people refuse to allow you to express your love and support for others who are different? Opinions are one thing, but hatred, condemnation, and bigotry are not easy to accept when you are trying to live a life with the love of God as your guide. As I lay awake last night thinking about this issue, my mind jumped back to my college days and the music of Leon Russell. His song “Tight Rope” and his lyrics “one side’s hate and one is hope” would not leave my mind. Life is too often like walking on a high wire. We try to balance our beliefs with those of others without falling to the left or to the right. We hear voices all around telling us how to make that next scary, but all-important step as we move forward with our eyes remaining steadfast on our goal that seems so far away. All the while your detractors will criticize you but refuse to take the chances you do. Carefully you must move forward knowing that you are right and must listen to your heart, not their negative, hurting judgmental remarks. As a Christian, when you find yourself on that tightrope, you must claim that your success does not comes from looking down but from looking up. The Message Bible translation of Hebrews 12:2 says, “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.”