what would i be willing to devote my entire life to? what would i gladly give my life for? what would fulfill me in the purest sense of the word? what would make life worth living?
only one thing i can think of.... God.
so where do i start? do i relocate and cut myself off from all humanity? or do i take decade long treks to remote places in search of someone who has already removed himself from society and ask his advice? or do i get up in front of people who are only there from obligation and tell them what they want to hear? or maybe i am supposed to fight in a war against people that don't believe the same things i do? should i stand on a street corner and humiliate everyone around me with shouts of, 'sinner! infidel! idolator!'?
wait... what does God Himself say that i am to do?
He said, "That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself." Luke 10:27 Message
wow! that doesn't sound like anything i'm hearing from anybody else. in fact it is exactly opposite of what everyone is saying! love God and love your neighbor? why do we not hear this more? it seems so simple. love.
of course english does not have enough words to translate all the different kinds of love properly, but this is what webster says is the translation for this kind of love: