Love, heart stuff, and red are everywhere. Businesses and services have created their own marketing and sales twists in order to capture a piece of the lucrative Valentine’s Day market share. Wearing red and the whole red dress campaign bring awareness to the #1 health issue facing women – heart disease. (Red) got in on the action during the Super Bowl, offering a new U2 song download in partnership with Bank of America donating $1 for each download. Over $3 million was raised for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.
We’re sharing the love through our money and bringing awareness to issues close to our hearts (sorry, no pun intended). But how are we doing with just loving everyone?
My Eternal Scheme Daily Word for today is Worthy. And it has a love quote in it!
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can. ~ Henri Nouwen (French-American Trappist monk, writer, and social activist, 1915-1968)
If we are brutally honest with ourselves, we know we judge others. Consciously and unconsciously we are constantly assessing everyone. We take in data about everyone. It’s processed almost imperceptibly in our computer brains and a judgement or assessment is formed. The data we take in is from all the visible and verbal cues we receive and observe, and historical data we’ve amassed through our experiences. Factor in any and all gossip, what our friends and families think, and we have a highly constructed case for all the reasons we don’t love that person, or everyone else, for that matter.
The truly enlightened person, however, knows that judgment is a trap. Judgment is not enlightening, but enslaving. We cannot dismiss the intrinsic worth of everyone without also dismissing our own intrinsic worth. We can only be worthy ourselves, by acknowledging the worthiness in everyone else as well. What we’re left with is love.
We are to love. Everyone. Just because.
If we were in Jesus’ presence, he would add, “Go and do likewise.”