Priorities

When a lawyer once asked Jesus about the greatest commandment, he responded, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).

For those who know me well, you know that I refer to this bit of scripture fairly often. Jesus’ words to the Pharisee who was trying to trap him I find incredibly helpful when I am trying to maneuver life in a world that seems to change the boundaries about every other day! When I can refocus my heart and my mind on these two simple rules — love God and love my neighbor — life just seems a little easier.

You see, it really comes back to priorities. Do I make God and my neighbor the priority or do I make something else a priority? It’s a good question to ask yourself. If you haven’t taken the time to sit with that for a moment, do it right now. You may not like what you discover. It is very easy to slowly but surely let other things take priority over God and others in our lives. We simply let “life” get in the way of living the way God would have us live. We make choices that move us away from the type of love that should be reflected by our words and actions.

If you have taken a moment and don’t like what you see, don’t worry…you can make a change TODAY! Choose God. Choose love. Choose actions and words that love your neighbor. More than that, don’t worry what all of the people you are trying to impress will think about you if you stop trying to impress them. In the end, are they more important than God?

Love God. Love your neighbor. It sounds easy but we continually make it difficult and full of complications. Simplify your life today by prioritizing things a bit differently. See how much easier decisions are when these are the two rules that guide your life. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.