“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” —Luke 22:42
Late at night in an ancient Judean garden, a man in his early thirties asked, “Are you sure this is the only way?”
It was the third time that evening the young man had returned to the garden, each time with the same request: “Are you sure?”
He was met by silence, but the answer was clear. The fullness of his humanity exposed, he was sweating to the point of bleeding. “Not my will but yours,” he reluctantly assented. He knew what lay ahead. Betrayal by his friends and humiliation in front of his community. An agonizing beating that would tear the skin from his back. A trek carrying his cross to a hill. Death by crucifixion. All this he and he alone had to undergo in order to connect humanity with God. In fact, he was creating a flower for humankind called Easter.
Many times in our work life, we face difficult choices, such as the choice between acquiescence to an unethical request from a boss or colleague and doing what’s right. We are frequently tempted to take the easy way, to relieve the pressure on ourselves, to dispel the tension, to avoid the moment of having to deliver a tough message to our superiors and to disobey them. The walk to the boss’s office will seem endless. Each breath and thought will hang thickly around us, almost choking us. But we have a choice; we can do the ethical thing, and we have the example above, of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane on that fateful night, to show why this is the choice we should make.