Imagine managing life
with a lightness of spirit
Imagine noticing how much I worry
and then moving on to actually noticing all the things around me and getting on with living!
It seems like a way to be more relaxed maybe even less
focused on what is going wrong or what could go wrong
The world is always, has always and may always be amazing and wonderful and at the same time: an utter mess; before I arrived, while I’m here and after I leave……..so perhaps my obligation to the world is to be an enthusiastic participant.
The principle of moral proximity rings true to me. I can be concerned without being responsible for all the stuff all over the world.
I can’t fix it all and make everyone be kind. Period. On certain days, I can barely manage me!
Here are Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert on this concept:
Moral proximity refers to how connected we are to someone by virtue of familiarity, kinship, space, or time…. The closer the moral proximity, the greater the moral obligation…. [This principle] reminds us that we can’t possibly be the same kind of good neighbor to everyone in the world, nor must we. Supporting AIDS relief in Africa is a wonderful thing to do, but a failure to do so does not automatically make a church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a gospel-less, selfish church. But if that same church did nothing to help their people when the river flooded in 2008, then they do not understand the love of Christ. Moral proximity should not make us more cavalier to the poor. But it should free us from unnecessary guilt and make us more caring toward those who count on us most.