Devotional

Everything Depends On These
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You’ve gotten into those conversations at parties haven’t you?  Going around the circle and everyone names their favorite movie, their favorite restaurant, their most cherished vacation spot.

It’s always hard to answer isn’t it?  It depends. Your answer may vary by your mood, or who you’re with.  Or, maybe you have several favorites and can’t decide.

Then as soon as you do decide…you hear someone else’s answer and think…oh, I forgot, yes I like that one too.

Jesus was once pulled into a similar conversation.  He was asked which of God’s commandments were the most important.  His answer might not have been dissimilar to one you might give.  He said, I can’t think of just one, but two come to mind.  

This meditation from the 22nd chapter of Matthew will help you use love to steer you through life, to navigate you in and around all that you encounter.

Resting in imaginative contemplation for a moment, remain with your eyes closed…imagine being back at the party.  The conversation going around the circle.  You are nervous as it gets closer and closer to you.  Even the question makes you nervous.  You don’t know how you will answer.  The other answers are interesting.  Will yours be as provocative and thoughtful?  Finally it gets to you.  Everyone looks at you and asks…”So, go ahead, tell us what you think is the number one rule to living a fulfilling life?”  How do you feel?  How do you answer?  Weave your way through your thoughts for a minute as you craft a response.

Let me pray that you remember to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ And likewise to love your neighbor as yourself that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others. Now to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever will be. Amen.

Today you have the opportunity to love.  Expect opportunities to love.  Look for them—moments to love God more by loving others more.  

So when you are ready, step into your day and be mindful of moments to encounter God in love.