28 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; 30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:28-31
We hear these verses a lot. Sometimes I think we skim over them because we know them by heart. Love God and everyone else. Boom. You’re done. But how seriously do we take these?
To really love others, there are to main things that come to my mind. I’ll do two posts on this, so today I’ll focus on one. Be kind.
Yesterday, I attended a friend of mine’s birthday party. We all played volleyball, capture the flag, and ate cake and ice cream, while the moms and dads sat inside the house and talked. One of the teenage guys sat inside the house too, and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why he was sitting inside with the adults instead of outside with the teenagers. When I climbed into the car last night, my mom started talking about him, and how he had been playing football a year or two ago, and he had a concussion. Two weeks later he suffered another head injury, and they had to rush him to the hospital. He is partially paralyzed on his right side, and also suffers from amnesia. Which means he can’t remember any events that happened before his accident. He only knows things like that from what his family tells him. He only remembers people’s names that he met before the accident, although he doesn’t know from where he knows them. And he knows Jesus. He’s trusting that God has a plan for his life, and that he will work through him even though he can’t remember years of his life and even though he’s partially paralyzed.
Another girl at the party I had never met before. I had no idea she wasn’t a perfectly healthy girl. Turns out, she has cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a disease in the lungs. It’s victims rarely live a long life. There is no cure. Most live from 20 to 40 years old.
Here is my plea. Be kind and show love to everyone. You never know what they’re going through.