Why do we do the things we do? We do them for people.
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
― C.S. Lewis,
While we wear human flesh, while we live in a material world, while we suffer hunger and thirst … it is natural that we focus on physical things. It is even good, within bounds. The hungry should be fed, justice should be pursued, beauty should be created, houses need to be built and cleaned.. there are things to be done.
But we lose sight of the first thing when we lose sight of why we do these things. We do these things for other people. We build houses for the joy of building – but also so that the children can grow up in a house, because that gives them a better start in life. We cook meals to nourish bodies. We create civilizations because they’re the best places for humans to grow. We do these things because God tells us to do these things, but the things are not the end in themselves, it is service to God, service to others that is the driving force.
It is easy to drop into Martha Syndrome (it applies to both men and women) where you concentrate so much on the work to be done that you don’t stop to focus on the “why”. And “why” is *always* people. Souls will last to eternity, physical things, however worthy, will burn.
So be kind. Be merciful. Look for opportunities to express love. Prioritize others’ welfare above your own. Remember that Mary was considered to have chosen the better path.
Work is good. Love is better.