In Christian circles I’ve heard a couple of reasons for “why we are here”. One of those reasons is “to glorify God”. I used to blindly accept this but I’m coming to the place where I’d say I disagree with that. I believe there’s a much better reason for “why we are here”.
We are here to love each other.
Simple, yet profound. In this world of so many broken and hurting people I believe our greatest purpose is to extend love and grace and acceptance and gentleness and forgiveness. It is the outworking of love that truly changes people’s lives. Love does not use coercion or fear to elicit a desired behaviour from someone. It does not stem from our own sense of shame.
Love brings freedom.
Freedom from fear, freedom from shame, freedom from obligation. Having experienced love I believe our natural response is to love in return. And I think the world would be a better place if we learned to do that.
I’ve been volunteering once a week at my daughter’s class at school. It’s only been a couple of weeks but I’m coming to know and love the children there. I get the impression that some of these children do not come from the most loving of families. And I can’t help but think what some love and gentleness could do for them. I understand that life is not that simple, however I do believe that if people (whether they are children or adults) feel safe and loved in their environment they will do much better than if they don’t feel those things. Where often our responses are to address the behaviours (the symptoms), if love and understanding were applied to the roots, I think many behaviours would diminish or disappear.
You may think me idealistic (and I probably am) but I still believe that love is a better way, a better approach, than anything else. And I would rather “be here” to be an agent of God’s love to the world than anything else. I believe we all need it.