Who Paid for the Roof? (Loving God by Loving Others)
Pablo Casals, the great Spanish cellist, said “The capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest meaning and significance.” By caring for others we pull ourselves out of our selfish, petty concerns and once again look at others as a way to define our life. Not in a co-dependent, unhealthy way of “I’m nothing without you”… that’s not what we’re talking about here. By me caring for another, through ways both simple and great, Pablo Casals is telling us that this gives life its deepest meaning and significance. How on earth can my caring for someone else reflect on my life and give it meaning? Edward Albert says “The simple act of caring is heroic.” How am I a hero by caring? The poet Maya Angelou writes “If you find it in your heart to care for someone else, you will have succeeded.” Succeeded at what? What did I do by caring for someone else? What’s the big deal? To care means to be involved—to get yourself involved in the situation—to get your hands dirty—to get messy. Life is messy. We clean it up. It gets messy again. We clean it up. I would go so far as to say that we care because we have to. We care because it’s what God wants us to do. We care because Jesus taught us to care. Caregiving is one of our many sacred pathways to God.