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Faith Focus: Love is all you need

Fifty years ago, the Beatles were part in the first live international satellite television special. It was called “Our World” and featured the debut of one of the group’s most iconic songs, “All You Need Is Love.”

The tune became an anthem to a generation and continues to be quoted regularly today. The sentiment behind it continues to inspire young people with its idealism and promise of a better world.

The problems of 50 years ago in many ways are different than those of the world today. Yet in so many other ways, they’re very much the same. And we continue to look for ways to make our world a better place.

Each time someone walks into a Buckner Family Hope Center, inquires about a Buckner Family Pathways location, is cared for by a Buckner foster family or moves into a Buckner Senior Living Community, we are faced with the question of how to make that person’s life better.

Each person stands in front of us looking for help, encouragement, relief and even a new start. And we have to decide how to respond.

The Bible is replete with calls to service and examples of men and women who put others before themselves. That attitude of service runs through every ministry of Buckner. But what we see make a person’s life better most often is living out an even more basic teaching of Christ: love. Love God. And love others.

When we live out of a strong relationship with Christ, we are compelled to love others around us. That love changes lives as people sense it comes from God. In visiting with those Buckner serves, again and again I hear families share how they have grown closer to God as a result of experiencing the love of one or more staff members. They get a glimpse of how much God truly cares about them.

This week, someone is going to come to you. They might knock on your office door, call your cell phone or run into you in a seemingly haphazard way. You might know them well. Or you may have just met them. But they’ll be looking for help, a kind word or a kind heart.

How will you respond?

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.'" –Matthew 22:37-39

Deeper reflection:

  • How does your relationship with Christ impact how you treat others?
  • What can you do to postively influence someone else?

Next steps:

  • Love God.
  • Love others.  

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