“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
–This seems awfully simple, right? But…when was the last time you exerted yourself to perform this well, for a day? Love God supremely, with every thought, word, motive, deed, reaction, hope, plan, choice? Hm. Not so simple.
–Now, factor in loving others as much as you do yourself. You may not consider yourself to be egocentric (that you are the center of everything)…but how much time have you devoted just this morning to caring for your needs and preferences?
*You desired a good night’s sleep.
*You woke and perhaps exercised, for your health.
*You (hopefully) had a quiet time of Bible study/prayer, for your spiritual health.
*You fed yourself.
*Took your vitamins?
*Now, you’d better get dressed. If you do so fashionably, you have catered to your self esteem. If you do so seasonably, you are mindful of caring for your body in dressing for the weather.
*Looked in the mirror today?
*Fixed your hair?
*Even used make up? Hm.
*How about jewelry?
*Now, get in that car you bought for yourself.
*Fastened the seatbelt? To protect yourself from collision hazards…or from the pretty flashing lights that may be following you?
*Turned on the heat, if it was chilly?
*Stop by Starbucks to grab a cuppa? Now I’m meddling.
*Arrive at the job you found for yourself, to pay the bills you incur, and buy more food and clothes and makeup and jewelry and shoes…and maybe even a favorite dvd or cd…or perhaps new curtains for the kitchen?
–This is a snapshot of only the first few hours of the morning…and do you see how much you love yourself? We just do. Now imagine if you felt and demonstrated that same degree of love for others. Well, now. That would change the world, wouldn’t it? For each of us to put ourselves aside, and love others MORE than self? Earth shaking!
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” Phil. 2:3
–What one step can you take today to love someone else more than you love you? Make it so!