Apathy or Empathy?

Yesterday I heard a song with lyrics that said "If only I had an enemy greater than my apathy I would have won." It was a bold statement that stopped me in my tracks. I got to thinking about apathy. How sometimes we maybe have to be apathetic because we don't have enough hours in the day to be fully attentive and whole hearted toward every situation we come across. And how there are also so many times that we are called to have sympathy and empathy opposed to apathy.

I've been thinking about how fast time is flying. I lay down at night and can't believe how the day flew by. And I find myself having to think again about what all it was that I did that day- and what all I didn't do... the friends whose phone calls I didn't return, the favor a family member asked me to do and I declined, that beating homeless initiative training event I walked past… All the things that I have become apathetic toward because I'm too busy. I know I can't do it all. But, if I'm not living with intention and great love than I don't think there's much of a reason for me being on this earth. There are only 24 hours in a day. And in those 24 hours I make decisions. I decide what I neglect and what I attend to. Each of those decisions lead to how I'm living. The choices I make dictate the life I live. I can't do it all in 24 hours. But, I can do a good amount of it. I can live with intention, and put apathy in the right places, and empathy in the right places.

Father, please help us to live with intention. Please help us to care about what you want us to care about. Help us to make choices with our time that lead to a life well lived. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make decisions. Thank you for your grace, and for blessing us in so many ways. Amen.

Amanda Jensen

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