The Law of Love

Like many of you, I have been grappling with my thoughts for the past few weeks. My heart is heavy, and at this particular time, it is difficult to adequately convey my feelings about all that is happening in the world.

The most difficult thing for me has been witnessing what happens when people stop listening to one another. Conversation stops and tempers flare.

And we have all been isolated for three months with no human interaction other than Zoom, chat rooms, and social media. This could never be a good thing.

Pick a Side 

“Whose side are you on?”

This is a question with huge ramifications, especially when it is presented on social media. Everyone must choose a side. There is no space for neutrality or an urgency to seek common ground. And sharing your opinion can be downright dangerous, with “doxxing” becoming a favorite weapon used to intimidate and silence opposing thought.

Sadly, this is how many people not only find their world perspective, but view their personal worth. Without social media accounts, they lose their identity altogether.

🌻🌻🌻

Love God and Love People

I am grateful that my identity is grounded in my faith. As a follower of Jesus, I do my best to live according to his teachings. It is the only way I can feel at peace as I navigate my way through this chaotic world.

When asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied,

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew‬ ‭22:37-40‬

Simply put, this is the law of love.

We all must recognize the importance of listening to our neighbors when they are hurting. If we lose our ability to empathize and feel compassion for one another, how can we begin to heal?

I was listening to a song on the radio yesterday, Love God Love People by Danny Gokey. The simple lyrics speak to the scattered lives we live in this time and place, running in circles, jumping the hurdles. Perhaps we make life way more complicated than it needs to be.

If each of us commits to loving ALL God’s people, lives will change. Maybe it really is that simple.


Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Maybe Tomorrow

“How are you doing?”

I hear that question a lot lately, and I’m always grateful. Whether it is directed at me, or another person, I love knowing how much others care.

These past two months have been rough on everyone. I don’t know a single soul who is not yearning to be outdoors, or shopping, or dining out with their friends. The stay-at-home directives have been challenging for us all, and now we’re growing restless, and our nerves are wearing thin.

Coping

In recent weeks, I have decreased the amount of time I spend watching the news on TV and scrolling through social media. And I am happier for it. It’s not easy to dial back a habit, but sometimes it is necessary. For me, it had become an unhealthy coping mechanism.

We all know we could make better use of our time, but when we are stuck inside with nowhere to go, it’s easier to say, “Maybe tomorrow.”

There is always something enticing to grab our attention, to get us to ‘click’ and read further. Then, of course, we must comment, copy and share with all our friends. Before we know it, half the day is gone. And it’s time you cannot get back.

Hoping

The good news is that we are slowly coming out of the COVID quarantine. It will be a gradual process, so this is a good time to dial back the distractions, and make the most out of our remaining indoor time.

In our home, I’ve been doing more reading lately, and cooking up some meals from my dusty cookbook collection. Now that the weather is warmer, my husband is gardening again. We’re also back into “purging mode” as we prepare to downsize our home next year. That also means finishing repair projects, and tackling new ones we have been putting off. And maybe even planning again for our vacation that was cancelled.

😷😷😷

When you look back on this time years from now, what do you want to remember? Hopefully you will have some endearing and happy memories, as well as the ones we’d all rather forget. If you haven’t journaled at all lately, this is a great time to write down your thoughts. Organize your recent photos and write down what you were doing during this time and why. Wouldn’t that make an interesting time capsule?

With all the bad news around us, be sure you take time in the next days and weeks to remember all the good things going on too! I’ve enjoyed John Krasinski’ Some Good News on YouTube. (Click the link to see one of my favorite episodes!)

And on this Memorial Day weekend, please also pause to remember those who have sacrificed so much for us in the name of freedom. And pray for all our brave men and women in uniform who are serving around the world today.

Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash