Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Love Thought #3

The essence of the Lord's teaching is to "love thy neighbor." And when asked, "Who is my neighbour?" (Luke 10:29) Christ responded with one of the best known parables - the story of the good Samaritan.

In the tradition of the good Samaritan, so many put aside pressing concerns and surmount personal barriers or beliefs to assist a neighbor in need. Without promise of reward or compensation, without prior or pending connection, good men and women continue to help each other.

How often do we cross paths with a poor wayfarer- perhaps without even knowing it- who hangs on the positive word we share, who looks for the smile we wear, who lives by the love we emulate. The Lord, whose love is present for all who pass by, summarized with his life and teachings that "inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, ...Ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40)

Marjorie Pay Hinckley wrote in her book, "Small and Simple Things," "Each of us can ask ourselves each morning, 'What can I do to make life happier for someone today?'"

This is such an amazing way to live. Imagine if everyone thought like this and lived their lives loving their neighbors and striving to make others happy.

After all,

"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?"
-George Elliot

1 comment:

Summer said...

I have to say you are a great example of this "lessson". I couldn't ask for a better neighbor!