The Greatest Commandment

For me, minimizing isn’t limited to the clutter (or lack of) in my house. I have also been focused on improving myself as a person. Minimizing negative thoughts, words, and actions by maximizing love. I am not perfect, far from it, but I have made great strides over the past few years.

How quick are we to judge others? Assume the worst? Look for differences instead of similarities? We are living in a broken world. No one person can fix it singlehandedly, but if we rally together, demonstrating love and kindness to everyone, we can collectively make our world a better place.  Not one human in this earth is perfect, and we all have sinful desires and struggles. Therefore, leave the judgements up to God. He, in His perfectness, is the only person worthy to do so.

Before Jesus’ crucifixion, he was spending time with his disciples, and teaching them. John 13:24-25 reveals  Jesus’ heart. He charges believers to love others as He has loved us. During this particular lesson with His disciples, He was aware of the impending betrayal by one of his own. He knew that he would be denied by people who once followed Him, and willingly went with the soldiers to be crucified.  In the midst of everything, Jesus loved. So much so, that He was willing to suffer and die just to take away our sins. A perfect man sacrificed himself to save the imperfect, all because of love. Take a minute to let that sink in.

Some of the things I have seen on social media, in the news, and even within my own city, since the president-elect was announced a few weeks ago, have been heartbreaking. People who were once friends are parting ways, hateful words are being spread, violence is happening all around the United States, people’s fear of uncertainty, and the list goes on. What if we could rectify some of these raw emotions by spreading love instead of hate? Talk with people- I mean actual face to face conversations. Gain perspective by learning another’s point of view. You don’t have to agree with one another; just try to understand where each is coming from without presuming you already know. Let’s follow Jesus’ example by humbling ourselves and loving all people fiercely. Not just those in our comfortable little social circles.

I urge you to be the light. Spread love and compassion wherever you go. Give without expectation. Make the world a little brighter just by spreading goodness. And lastly, love unconditionally.  Love God, love others, and love yourself.

 

-Heather

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