When I respond to the daily prompts here on I usually try to simply fit in the word to my own daily life, but I love the word provoke and feel that today I want to write about the word itself.
It is a part of my own personal ethos to be provocative. Not in the way I dress or in the more commonly negative ways to view being provocative. I believe in provoking others towards a more curious and thoughtful way of life.
The old King James bible says this in the book of Hebrews:
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.
I love the concept of provoking others to love well and to do good towards others. So when find myself interacting with others a part of my being is asking myself, “How I can provoke others unto love and good works.”
I fail at that sometimes. My own emotions or passions end up being provocative in unhelpful ways. Or sometimes my provocations are misunderstood.
But I am not someone who likes to be complacent. I don’t like to see those around me settle for complacency either. It’s part of what drives me.
But we can provoke each other to empathy, and to being ok with life not always being black and white. We can provoke each other to consider another way of thinking. We can provoke each other to apologize or to take responsibility. We can provoke each other to take responsibility. We can provoke one another to make a connection with another human being in a real way.
In what ways are you provoking others to love better and to do good?