Love should be your top priority, primary objective, and greatest ambition. Love is not a good part of life. It is the most important part. Let love be your greatest aim. It’s not enough to say one of the things I want in life is to be loving it should be in the top ten list. Relations must have priority in your life above everything else.
Life without love is really worthless. Often we act like relationships are something to be squeezed into our schedules. We talk about finding time for our children or making time for people in our lives that gives the impression that relationships are just part of our lives along with many other tasks. But relationships are what life is all about.
If you read the Bible, four of the Ten Commandments deal with our relationships with God while the other six deal with relationships with people. They state love God and love people. Relationships, not achievements are the acquisition of things, are what matters most in life. So why do we allow our relationships to get the short end of the stick?
When our schedules become overloaded, we start skimming relationally, cutting back on giving the time, energy and attention that loving relationships require. Busyness is a great enemy of relationships. We become preoccupied with making a living, doing our work, paying bills, and accomplishing goals as if these tasks are the point of life, they are not. The point of life is learning to love, God and people. Life without love equals zero.
Love will last forever. Love is our top priority. Three things continue forever; faith, hope, and love. And the greatest is love. Love leaves a legacy. How you have treated other people, not your wealth or accomplishments, that is the most enduring impact you can have on life.
My daughter and I were just talking about how and what we want people to remember about us when we die. She said she wants people to remember all the good and love that she has given to her family, church and other kids and their families. She said “It’s not what we do, but how much love we put into it that matters. Love is the secret of a lasting heritage. When life on earth is ending, people don’t surround themselves with objects. What we want
around us is people, the people we love and have had relationships with.”
So this is a new year for all of us. Think about what really matters in your life.