We talk a lot on this blog about the Good News of Jesus, and one of the great themes of this Good News is love. The Father loves and cares for us, and our goal is to love and care for others as we do for ourselves.
Loving and caring for others consistently does not come naturally to most of us; we have to think through various scenarios and try to decide ahead of time what kinds of responses are best—or at least I do. For me, this often comes from having an encounter with someone, reacting badly, and reflecting on it later. I have found, however, that over time responding well to situations becomes more intuitive as I internalize what it means to love and care for others.
Over the next few days, I will post five simple scenarios in which we can think about the best ways for us to respond. There are no right answers to these; only you can decide what you think your best response should be. These will be practical scenarios we all experience from time to time.
In preparation, you might wish to read a post from last year: Establishing Personal Guidelines for Loving Others. You might also want to review the post from the recent Good News series: We are not to Follow Burdensome Religious Rules.
Remember, there are no answers—only choices.
Day 1: How Would You Respond to this Situation?
You are on the grocery store parking lot, and a stranger approaches you saying they have no money and are hungry. Can you help?
What is your response? Think about it. Give it some serious thought.