There’s a lot of turmoil right now. Recently, I have been watching and listening. I’ve just been taking it all in.
While I have been listening and processing, I keep thinking of this quote: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference,” by Elie Wiesel, who was a writer, professor at Boston University, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor.
I do not ever want to get to the point where I am so callous to the suffering of others that I am indifferent.
I have also been meditating on this verse: “So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well.” Phil. 1:9 msg.
I’ve been thinking about that concept. What does it mean to not just love much, but love well? Especially in the current times of turmoil in our country. Now, especially, we must love our friends, neighbors, and people in our communities and cities well.
I think loving well takes intention. It is not something that happens by accident, nor necessarily something that happens easily. Loving well also takes patience and empathy.
Love your family and friends well. Don’t just assume they know. Tell them. Show them. Love your black neighbors well, even if you yourself do not necessarily know what they’re going through. Love the woman at work well, even though she sometimes get on your nerves. Love the less fortunate in your city well, even if it makes you uncomfortable.
Let us not be indifferent, dear friends.