“It’s not about how long we live it’s about how we live and what we leave behind.” These words were spoken by a character (Tom Mason, Falling Skies) on t.v, a man trying to lead his people in a fight against an overwhelming alien invasion but they are no less true for us in our far more ordinary lives.
Sometimes we fight without hope of success, with no illusions that we will come out victorious, we fight because it’s the right thing to do. There are some things we have to fight against in our lives, in our world, some things that we must speak out against even when, especially when, we know there is no chance of success.
When life gets on top of us and we are tempted to start making compromises, giving up on the things we believe in and the principles that we hold to, when we are tempted to give up the fight because victory seems so very far away, so impossible, it is important that we remember it is not about the destination but the journey. It is not about the victory but the fight. We do the right thing, not to get a reward but because it’s the right thing.
Loving people is hard, but really that is what we are called to do. It can be a fight to keep loving people, to keep being kind and generous sometimes, but when we make the effort to love, when we keep fighting to be a force for good in a world that sometimes seems bent on being broken and selfish and depressing that becomes it’s own reward. We choose to love because it’s the right thing not to get rewarded. Though of course sometimes we will be rewarded for loving often by being loved in return.
In Matthew 22 we’re are told how almost everything the Bible teaches can be summed up in one sentence Love God with everything you are and love people as yourself. Matt 22:37-39 (My paraphrase)
Go out and love people even when it’s hard.