We started this year by inviting you to a 30-day challenge, Start Something Old. We invited you to love God, love your neighbor, and love yourself. It is an old command from Jesus (Matthew 22:37-39). It’s a new demand for us, in our time, if the world God imagined has any chance of being realized.
We invited you to choose and then act on simple practices that express love for God, neighbor, and self. The theory is this: We become what we habitually do. So, if we practice loving—simply, consistently, with renewed intention, we will, by the grace of God, become more loving.
I think we all know how desperately the world needs it!
Last week I wrote about my experience of seeing the movie Selma. Today, as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day, we keep alive a dream not just by re-telling the story but by loving and re-loving those whom God has given us to love, both friend and enemy.
What does that kind of love look like? For Dr. King, it took very specific form. I recently came upon what some have called his ten commandments for the movement. I commend them to you even as I use them to challenge myself.
I will meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
I will remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation – not victory.
I will walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
I will pray daily to be used by God in order that all people might be free.
I will sacrifice personal wishes in order that all people might be free.
I will observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.
I will seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
I will refrain from violence of fist, tongue, or heart.
I will strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
I will listen with respect to those who love and teach me.
It’s Monday. We become what we habitually do. Which of these commands will you focus on and do today? Peace. Kai