“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” ~ Thomas Merton …
For most of us, it is uncommon to think of love as a job; yet this is exactly what Thomas is telling us here: we have some responsibility towards our fellow human beings. We are to love them without question, whether or not we feel that they are people who are worthy of our love. But it does not stop there, as stewards of this earth, we have a duty to spread compassion to those who are neglected and lonely. To bring solace and love into the hearts of those we meet and not disturb the peace that lies within their hearts. And to be companions and guides to those who need guidance… especially children.
When we look at all the love that is required of us, it can seem a bit intimidating. But it need not be, for love is one of those beautiful things that gives back more than we put into it. The more and more we display love and compassion to our fellow man, the easier, and more rewarding it becomes. Love comes to surround us, it envelopes us in its life-sustaining embrace.
Our purpose here in this life is to be there for those who need us. Do not limit your circle of love to those who you feel worthy of your love. Give it unconditionally to everyone… because everyone needs to be shown encouragement, attention, kindness, and caring concern. Moreover, the cost to you is so very little, and the rewards are immeasurable.
Show genuine love and compassion to everyone you meet.
Questions to consider:
Do you put any conditions on your love?
How easy is it to love those who are close to us? How about those who are not?
What are some ways to help fulfill our job to love others unconditionally?
For further thought:
“There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I do not expect you to save the world I do think it is not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair, and disrespect.” ~ Nikki Giovanni