I read this quote this morning and it really connected with a short film I am preparing to shoot in July. The story concerns Jacob, a young man who lives an unseen life in the midst of the crowded city. When he stumbles upon a businessman, bleeding in an alley, he must decide whether he can take the risk to help.
Whether we live in the inner city or the suburbs, we must constantly ask for the strength to extend ourselves for others. It goes against our natural inclinations. As Scott Bader-Saye says,
“Following Jesus will mean surrendering the power that masquerades as security in order to love the neighbor and welcome the stranger. It will mean avoiding the safe path in order to pursue the good. But in a culture of fear, we find such risks all the more difficult since our natural inclinations lead us to close in on ourselves when we face danger. How can we maintain the posture of the open hand toward a world that scares us?”