This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12
Found this verse today and I would like to reflect on it.
When I was younger I acted younger. Deep, huh? Ego was important. Success was necessary. I would say I had good intentions but bad intentions at the same time. Sometimes being driven just means you are lost on the road of life.
Times to give or do was for an accomplishment or a resume builder. I didn’t start truly giving/doing out of a sweet place of unnecessary thanks or repayment until I became a mom and started getting farther in my walk with God. Part of it would be just the nature of youth and circumstances. But now I know better.
It wasn’t just doing that I was missing the target with, but also with people. I heard once from a friend that everyone I meet has “eternal value”. This struck me as a key to getting life right. I won’t meet everyone or help all, but those I do or who are in my life have “eternal value”. So do I! So do you!
This thought from over a year ago helped put a pin in how I had started living and operating about 4 years ago. Praying, helping, serving, grieving and celebrating became intregal themes in my daily life. And also in my family as a whole. Being involved with others instead of having a to-do list of things to accomplish to be successful has made my life full. I still have a strong desire to be successful but not by the measurement of man and society. It isn’t easy. It is a struggle, but I work on it daily.
So loving another as myself has gotten to a place I understand more than I ever did before. And I hope that I can instill this awakening in my children while they are in my care, so that their paths are already lit by this truth.