Are we supposed to be humans, or something else? I had a very deep conversation with a coworker I value a lot. She shared about her frustration with a consumer that has been a challenge…. I shared the same. I said ” This consumer brings the worst out of me” Then she started talking about “giving it to God.” Was this a message from above, the answer to my prayers? She also talked about changing our attitudes, instead of expecting others to change. It was also mentioned that it is written “All things can be done in Jesus who strengthens me”. I then thought about “turning the other cheek”, “forgiving others”, and “walking the extra mile.” Are these things we normally do in life? Not really. It is not human nature.
Then my coworker stated that it is not humanly possible to forgive a person as challenging as this consumer. Then I asked “Are we called to be humans?” Or are we called to be something greater than what our human nature is composed of? And if I choose to believe that I should be perfect, does this mean I am living based on self-righteousness? Am I fooling myself by trying to live beyond what is “humanly possible?” Or am I really following a path closer to the Truth?
Consider the following conversation that I imagine having with God. I start by asking questions and God answers:
What am I supposed to do in this life?
How exactly can I love something or someone who I cannot see?
It is the same as loving the person next to you.
But I don’t like or feel comfortable interacting with the person right next to me. How can I love that person?
That is what love is…. genuinely caring for those you don’t necessarily associate with or like.
Well then loving you is extremely difficult. Why make this love so hard to do?
Because you don’t do it with your own strength, but with my strength.
How can I use your strength then?
It takes a lot of guts to give up on our “humaness” and submit to an “unhuman” supreme Being. Right? We want to love others our way, but by doing this, we naturally exclude some. We reject those we dislike simply because of their differences. We want to be acknowledged and belong, so we love only those who will make us feel important. The love that God teaches us does not require a reward from our fellow humans. It is rewarding in itself. Loving others the way God loves us is pure joy, regardless of how other humans respond. It is difficult, uncomfortable, even scary. But I believe it is what we are called to do.