Love thy friends and thy enemies. I often forget there’s more in the margin of Love thy neighbor.
Such as, love thy former friends. And thy future ones. Love thy past enemies. Love the burying of thine hatchets.
Love the least; the destitute, downtrodden, and discouraged. Should you be predisposed to love the least the most, learn to love the ones whose beauty, wit, and intelligence surpass your own. Learn to love common ground. Learn to find where your gifts fill gaps.
Love thy local demographics. Love thy immigrant, thy hipster, thy young professional, thy retiree. Love thy librarian, thy security guard, thy intern, thy barista, thy cop. Love thy readers of Dostoyevsky and thy readers of Twilight. Love thy historians of Bonhoeffer and thy historians of Bieber.
Love thy professors, accommodating and stringent alike. Love thy academic community and contribute prudently. Love thy roommate and love those who are not thy roommate but frequently inhabit thy room. Be hospitable to them. Love thy freshmen and thy alumni.
Love those who do not understand you, and those you fail to understand. Love those who think they know but have no idea. Love those you think you know all about. Love the fragile and the resilient alike. Love the untrustworthy, the inarticulate, the obstinate, the abrasive, and the overdramatic, and thank heaven for those who love you as such.
Love thy church, but love thy Church more. Love thy pastor and love thy congregation. Love those who leave thy church, and love when you leave thy church. Love those who love laws. Love those who understand life together and those who do not. Love thy cynics and thy visionaries. Love thy saint and thy sinner.
Love thy authority, love thy subordinate. Love those who can’t take the hint. Love those who won’t take your advice. Love those who preach to you and those who preach at you. Love those you call out and those who call you out. Love those who obey and those who rebel. Love those you fight for and those you oppose. Love those who forget years and miles and roots, even when you long to remind them. Love those who break your heart and those whose hearts you break. Love those who hold it against you. Love those who forgive your faults and those who do not.
Keep no score, but love those who do.