THURSDAY, JANUARY 13
The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
No other commandment is greater than these.”
Mark 12:31 (NLT)
AM I LOVING OTHERS?
Several years ago, a Harvard Business School professor wrote an open letter to the nation’s graduates. He told them that in one sense they needed to forget what they had learned in school. He said that schools tend to put too much emphasis on the idea that success comes as a result of passing tests and is based on individual performance rather than on group effort and cooperation. The professor pointed out, though, that in the workplace doing well depends largely on learning to succeed in what he called a “web of relationships.” (Our Daily Bread)
Jesus defined spiritual success in terms of our relationship with God and our relationship with others. Loving others like we love ourselves is success in God’s book. God assumes for the most part that we already know how to love our own self. Our problem is not with loving ourselves, it’s with turning our thoughts away from ourselves and learning to love others. To love my neighbor as myself means I will serve the needs of others with all the energy, passion and zeal with which I serve and attempt to meet my own needs.
Social distancing has made the “web of relationships” challenging. Mike’s simple gauge for loving others was the question: Am I doing for others what I would want them to do for me? Can you think of any specific examples in your life lately?
Praise God for the people in your life who have modeled this for you. Thank God for the gift of relationships.