I did something in January that I don’t think I’ve ever done before: I posted a list of questions to ponder for the year 2020. You know what wasn’t on it? Anything whatsoever to do with what is going in this inexplicable year. They’re still worthwhile questions, but I think the list needs to be supplemented. So, here are some additional questions that I think are important.
Who in your life is helping you to understand some experience you have not and cannot learn first hand? I’m not talking about reading an article or watching a video. I’m referring to learning from a friend, preferably one-on-one.
How can you fight injustice in your own community?
How can you listen to and empathize with someone else’s pain, and yet also encourage them to forgive?
Do you monitor your heart to ensure you are not letting bitter roots take hold?
Are you taking worries and fears to the Lord and not letting media or other sources stoke these harmful flames?
Do you ever try to justify hating someone?
Do you regularly ask the Lord to help you to clearly see the sin in your own life?
Do you aim to carry other’s burdens via social media? Or are you primarily carrying the burdens of friends with whom you have an actual relationship? Is it healthy to be continually weighed down by injustice in the world, when you could be contributing to the needs of people in your community?
The honesty of Linus may be relatable — certainly there are people who claim to love humanity while their own relationships indicate otherwise. But Christians are called to love not only their neighbors, but their enemies. Praying I will do better and better on this high calling — all for the glory of God.
“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 5:46-48 ESV