…Do I leave people better than when I found them? I know my parents taught me to leave a place I use better than when I found it, but this takes that to the next level doesn’t it! Now, I am certainly aware that we will not always be able to answer this question clearly for ourselves, that is simply not how life and relationships work. But I have been learning that keeping this question near the front of our minds when we are with anyone helps to keep us focused on loving others as ourselves instead of loving others for ourselves.
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40, NIV).