“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
We have all kinds of rules and rituals in religion. But when Jesus was asked to boil it down to one thing…He said: Love God and your neighbor as yourself. That’s the bottom line. Everyone has an inborn desire to be happy. The trouble is…we get all kinds of mixed messages about how to “attain” happiness. Religion gives us a list of practices and guidelines. Our culture gives us an endless list of ways to be happy that can satisfy us briefly…but each time we are left empty and yearning for something more. Jesus shows us the way in two simple commandments. But how hard it is to accomplish! Our egos are constantly telling us to satisfy our every desire…while Jesus tells us to let go of those desires and to set love of God and others as ourselves as our top priority. Trying to satisfy your ego is like trying to satisfy a “false self” that will never be satisfied. Jesus’ way awakens you to your “true self.” Inner peace and happiness are by-products of the process. Which choice will you make: your ego’s desires or God’s? One necessary practice to help discover God’s desires for you is contemplative prayer. Try setting aside 15 to 20 minutes to simply sit in silence and allow your thoughts to dissipate. God’s primary language…is silence.
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