Today’s reflection comes from David Abshire, Residence Hall Director for Samuelson and Carter Halls. I love seeing David on campus because he always greets me with abounding enthusiasm. He values supporting students on the margins, and this is evident in the way he treats every person he encounters with dignity.
“He has told you, humanity, what is good, and what God is seeking from you: only to practice justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” –Micah 6:8
This season has been a one of renewal for my heart; not through rest, but re-engagement. Over the past months, I had found myself fatigued by the troubles of life. I was unable to watch the news or scroll through my social media without feeling the emotional impact of troublesome, political issues. It was important for me to put down my phone, turn off the TV, and re-center myself. Don’t get me wrong – the rest was valuable – but my soul was still missing something: love in action. I decided that it was time to re-enter the conversation with remembrance of Micah 6:8: Seek Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly.
This justice-mercy-humility mindset has always been the game changer that revitalizes my heart during a tough season. As a learner, I value the humility of intellectual vulnerability and seeking understanding. I began watching more documentaries and reading about women’s issues, racial discrimination, education, poverty, and the LGBTQ experience. For me, learning about the suffering of others informs a humble perspective of my own agency in the world, cultivates a love for mercy for these communities, and reaches deep to re-ignite my heart’s craving for justice. In learning, reflection, and service, I have found my truest sense of self, fullness, and purpose. I believe that my calling of service to others requires that I seek to understand and care those that Christ has called me to serve; to soak my heart in their stories; to let compassion fill my chest; to stand with open arms; to join them in the struggle for justice.
During this season, watch a documentary, read a book, or listen to a podcast, about the experiences of oppressed communities. Hear their stories. Reflect deeply on your privileges and your ability to cause change. Find a cause to support. Put on your armor and follow Christ’s calling to seek justice for the widows, orphans, sick, afflicted, impoverished, and oppressed. Renew your promise to serve your fellow man.
God, please guide me down a path of humility so that I may serve and seek justice for my fellow man.