Of all the options on offer, what ought to hold our attention, be worthy of our investment, deserve our affections? So many pithy phrases seem to sum up what’s worth caring about–but really?
An article by Eugene Peterson some years ago had the intriguing title, “Teach us to care, and not to care,” and while I don’t recall the particulars of the piece, that first line has stuck with me. When I find myself getting wrapped up in a cause or a possibility or a threat, this phrase comes wafting into my mind. Is this worth caring about?
I’m not fond of prioritizing, and too often I lack the discipline necessary to make hard choices between and among options–but I’m trying to realize that not everything I encounter or consider deserves the same intensity of concern. One small advantage of getting older, I grudgingly admit, is the sheer lack of energy to get to everything; some sort of choice is necessary. But maybe that’s wisdom emerging, too, in the guise of physical limitation.
So in this day of choice–and these days when so many choices present themselves–God grant wisdom and discernment for caring about what matters.