My morning reading was all about the golden rule. You know, “…do to others as you want others to do to you.”
I ask, “Why is such a simple concept, so hard to achieve?”
If I had to guess as to why this can be such a difficult task, I would credit the blame to greed and selfishness. This world it seems is fueled by greed and selfishness, and sad to say, America does her part well. We have a leader who is all about greed and selfishness. His very logo, “Make America Great Again,” reeks of selfishness. And when it comes to greed I dare say, his whole life and empire has been built upon it.
As a nation, this is not who God calls us to be.
A nation is made up of individuals…you and me, and for it to change, we must change. This is why Jesus stresses the concept of loving your neighbor.
Who is your neighbor?
I dare say, it is the person closest to you. It’s the cashier who takes your money at Kroger…the mail person who brings your bills…the police officer who pulls you over for speeding…the homeless person with their hand out…the person driving the car that just swerved into your lane…the one who hands you an ice cream cone on a hot summer day…it’s the bill collector knocking at your door…the telemarketer on the phone…the next door neighbor who drives you crazy…the other next door neighbor who brings you pie…the person across the street who lets their dogs run rampant…the elderly lady down the road who never fails to smile when you meet…the old man down the road who curses you on sight…and on and on and on…. My point is, most of the time, we cannot choose our neighbor, and we certainly cannot choose what they will say or do.
We can, however, choose what we say or do.
People mistakenly think love to be a feeling, when it fact it is an action. Feelings are fickle, and change with the wind, but love weathers the wind, and continues to act accordingly in spite of discomfort.
Corinne and I celebrated our 12th anniversary on April 2. I remember our “commitment ceremony” well. (I say “commitment ceremony” because gay marriage was illegal at that time) We decided to come up with our own vows to one another, and I fashioned mine from I Corinthians chapter 13…
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever…”
In the past 12 years, I can’t say I’ve totally lived up the this statute, but it is, and always will be what I strive toward. Love is a verb…it is what we do.
Instead of saying “I love you,” show “I love you.”
Major change begins with one small act of kindness, and kindness is contagious.
Let’s do our part to spread it.