The rule of love

I’m committed to this Living Light thing. I would love to be emotionally lighter, lighter in possessions, a brighter beacon of God. But I went about it my usual, heavy hand way:

“I will live light. I will make a list of things to do each day and pray over them. I will have at least one service thing on the list, and one fun thing, and–”

The weight of the process wrapped itself around my neck. Would I be able to figure out the right combination of rules, the ones which will ensure I live lighter? And how come living lighter was feeling so… well, heavy?

So I’m swearing off my rules, though I usually try to drill myself into perfection, or as close to it as I can muster. All of them, set aside. And how lighter I am already!

I’ve traded all my ill-conceived trappings for God’s rules. Contrary to popular belief, they close down to one: the rule of love.

“‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ 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 22:36-49)

When in doubt, love. When in conflict, love. When seeking to do anything–including live lighter–LOVE. If Jesus could sum up all the law and prophets into love, that should be all the rules I need.

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