How do I start caring more about other people?
The other day I asked this question, and today Pastor Larry’s sermon reminded me that I even asked this question. You see, the one moment I took out to record this concern about caring for other people dissipated as soon as I resumed the tasks of the day.
So today, I felt a strange peace when Larry said,
We are incapable of loving our neighbors and enemies as ourselves.
It’s so true, might as well concede now. His answer?
It takes a proximity, a close relationship with God to love others - we need a transformative power to do what we can’t do alone.
Per usual, I thought it was anticlimactic that the answer is always God, that the lesson of every sermon every Sunday is always getting closer to Jesus. If that’s the only answer, why do we need to go back to church every week to hear different plays on the same big idea. Can’t we just remember the Good News and be done with it? No, because we are just so bad at remembering the Good News. And I finally realized that today.
It seems entirely unsatisfying that all answers lead to God, but it’s also so shocking how easy it is to forget what really matters: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Without looking to God, my mind will always, always, relentlessly reason towards my own interest.