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Circle of Care

P1040169Have you noticed that we start out believing that nothing is as important as our own needs and desires? Then we gradually learn that everyone else’s needs are just as important— but, for us, and necessarily so, not in the same way.

Something similar can be said for those we love. We begin believing that no one is as important as our own parent, child, spouse or friend. Then we gradually learn that everyone else deserves to be cared for just as much—though, for us, and necessarily so, not in the same way.

First things are first for a reason. How could we ever love or care about someone else if we don’t know what it means to be loved and cared for? How could we value someone else if we don’t value ourselves?

Maybe this is why we no longer see our world as we once did. We are experiencing— each of us, one at a time, what it means to be human—eventually, and hopefully, for the sake of others.

Even Jesus was worshipped as a child, received gifts, learning what it meant to be cared for, protected, and taught— before willingly allowing himself to be despised and rejected, sacrificing his name, honor, and everything else we tend to cling to—to share everything he is, and everyone he loves— with us.

 


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    In more recent history, as I am certain the subject has been around far longer, the debate of breeding verses environment was comically portrayed in the story “My Fair Lady”.

    My dad used to say to me that there was nothing more helpless than an infant human as it would quickly die without its mother or some help to survive.

    But my studies have shown me that there are many species of creatures who need help to survive from birth to an age where they can take care of themselves.

    The study of nature has some pretty startling examples of there being few norms in creation. As it is found that sharks will even eat their siblings while developing in the womb.

    It would at first glance seem that fish like snakes are born fully able to fend for themselves, but then you find that some care for their newborns until they are able to more likely survive alone.

    So what makes us be concerned about others or at what age is it we begin to be sensitive to someone other than ourselves? Is it learned or is it “coded” into our genetic makeup?

    Is it possible that some people never have the instincts to care about anyone other than their own self-interests, no matter what they learn, experience, or are urged to do?

    It would seem in our lives that there are some who may fit that mold.

    That even in what may seem as generosity or benevolence to some is still only serving some self- motivation?

    Is the care of others only an instinctive reaction to ensure our species, or is it a divine intervention coded into our genetic make-up by our Creator called “love”, that is only truly awakened when we add the catalyst of the Spirit of Jesus of Nazareth into our beings?

    Is that then the true “Circle of Care” and cycle of life?

    Steve

  • remarutho says:

    Good Morning Mart & Friends —

    The Circle of Care seems to widen as we stay close to Jesus and allow Him to shape our perceptions and judgments.

    As you say, Mart, we start out comprehending the world from the platform of our own needs — just as Baby Jesus needed all the care any infant does. Here’s the wonder: that God came down to dwell in flesh — with all its needs of food, shelter and love.

    Can it be we grow up in His ways enough to let go of everything we ever claimed to want or need, so that there is more and more room for Him in us? Just asking.

    There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars…At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:25, 27, 28

    Joy at Advent!
    Maru

    5C/41F here with forecast for more rain. Some rivers at or above flood stage.