1 Corinthians 9:22. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some.
We’ve just recently come through our Capital Campaign where we talk a lot about sacrificial giving. Let’s switch gears for a moment and think about sacrificial caring. With the speed and busyness of life it’s easy to let outside expectations guide our expenditure of Caring Capital. We embody many roles each day like parent, spouse, teacher, healer, friend. We willingly pay out love and attention as we feel we should. In some instances this comes easily, in some not so much. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming, like we have cared ourselves into the red zone. Why do we do this? Is it really for the good of the other person or is it for ourselves? Are we checking the box on a mental list that says we’ve fulfilled that expectation? Instead, let’s consider the goal. Connecting with people different from yourself, flexing your empathetic muscle, meeting others where they are and not where we think they ought to be. Spending our Caring Capital for the sake of love, kindness and tolerance. We don’t have to BE all things to all people, we just have to be WITH people. Present in the moment with hearts, minds and ears open.