The king will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40)
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especailly to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:10)
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (Colossians 3:12)
Living life without any responsibility or accountability to anyone but yourself is doable, although somewhat difficult. It might appear easy on the surface, not having to babysit, help your elderly neighbor with the trash, loan money to a family member, give a ride to a friend whose car is in the shop, or participate in the Christmas gift exchange. Embracing the responsibility of maintaining relationships with family, friends, spouses, or others people that cross your path, without a doubt takes work, but it makes life more interesting and afford you the opportunity to be a blessing to others.
Caring for others can be exhausting at times, as you endeavor to collaborate and blend cultures, personalities, likes, dislikes, common grounds, planning events, or simply having to be home at a designated time. Some might consider these responsibilities burdensome, but are they? Life is super interesting with people in it, even with the many adjustments that are needed to manage relationships. But when you think about life without close relationships, you forfeit the laughter, joy, celebratory occasions, and fun gatherings that are the most valuable assets that a human being can have. No doubt being accountable to others like family, friends, and associates takes an enormous amount of patience and care, but think about the alternatives of doing everything in your life alone and only on your terms.
So, the next time you are aggravated because your life schedule isn’t perfect, and has been interrupted by a baby shower, wedding, dinner, or BBQ invite, remember the alternative of growing old alone. Everyone is wired differently, and perhaps noisy kids, barking dogs, or cooking for large groups aren’t your thing, but don’t forget life is like a “Seed” that flourishes years after it’s been planted. Without the seed, there is no fruit, and without fruit, there is no substance. That means a person who has not sowed any seeds of caring and support, will reap very little in return. (Matthew 13:31-34)
Everyone will hopefully grow old like a large shady oak tree that spreads its branches to provide shade for everyone, even strangers. The tree that lent it branches as a swing to friends and family, providing shade from the brutal heat, and not even opposed to the pruning once a year to keep the branches fresh. Because our lives mirrors a tree, it’s befitting to compare the growth and powerful existence of a tree whose roots run very deep into the earth and that can resist the storms, rains, and winds, to people in your life that are the salt of the earth. Those who can always be depended on no matter the task, only to flourish, while keeping decades of secrets that it wouldn’t dare divulge to anyone. (Proverbs 25:9)