Have 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.