These past few months have been trying, for everyone. I’m not going to give a recap since we are constantly bombarded 24/7 with the horrors of this world. Still, something has been weighing on my heart and I wanted to share it.
We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. More importantly, we are called to love our neighbors as we want to be loved. I get it, we are terrible at loving ourselves, so how can we love others as ourselves? We have to love them better. We have to start loving ourselves better. I don’t mean going out to “treat yourself” or proclaim things that make you look good (or look “better than others”). I mean actually love yourself by being honest with yourself and live courageously. I can’t tell you what that means in your life specifically but if you have to cut others down to do it then you’re doing it wrong.
It’s so easy to be wrapped up in your own struggles that you feel helpless to help others through theirs. I feel this everyday. How can I successfully be a good friend if I barely feel like I can get through this stressful time myself? This is why we are called to love our neighbors. First of all, we have to stop being so rude to each other. I’m talking about when you’re rushing around the grocery story and someone is taking too long to pick out eggs. It starts with being patient. Be patient with strangers, be patient with your friends and family. This is your community. You’re all going through a tough time even those you encounter and don’t know personally. I have to check myself with showing patience and I think most people need to start doing the same.
So to address the title of this post. Pick up the phone and answer the call. It starts with your direct interactions with people. Tell your family and friends you love them and support them. Be patient with the strangers in the grocery store. When driving, if someone’s lane is merging, let them in, stop cutting them off. If you’re asking yourself how you could possibly contribute to the current state of affairs, start with your daily interactions and personal connections. Remember-
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8