Navigating the Wilderness
Knowledge puffs up but love builds up. 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 My mother was what others called “good people.” I know this because when she died numerous friends and acquaintances shared how instrumental she was in helping other people unconditionally, when ever she could and where ever she was. Our society has made a tremendous amount of scientific, medical and technological advances. As complex as they can be, the simplest advance we seem to have the most trouble with is our ability to love one another as we would love our self. This is not to say that we have not taken any steps towards love, we’ve simply only taken baby steps. We charge one another for love, (perhaps unknowingly) with our conditions, for what God unconditionally gives for free. We are called to love unconditionally, but when an act of what appears to be unconditional love happens we’re in awe! The advances in the world have allowed us to have more distractions than our parents and our children today have yet even more distractions than we had. The more advances we continue to create for ourselves the larger the world’s wilderness becomes and navigating unconditional love through that wilderness seems impossible. No doubt, unconditional love is a huge risk and can be quite painful but we must remember that the first act of unconditional love through Christ is still the only advancement in this life that continues to save us. When infection took over my mother’s body there was no advancement in science, medicine or technology that could save her. It didn’t matter because I knew that she had navigated her way to eternal life.