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Every person who crosses your path becomes an opportunity to live your purpose.

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43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:43-45

 

In life, we all wonder about our purpose and attempt to define our goal. If you haven’t asked yourself these kinds of questions yet, it’s almost certain you will at some point. It’s a part of being human. Humans wonder what life existence is all about – what we, individually, have been designed for or what we will ultimately fulfill or accomplish by the end of life. These are good questions to ponder. In these times, we find ourselves considering what kind of legacy we want to leave behind or how we want be remembered.

The legacy of Mother Theresa is known virtually worldwide. She spent her life caring for the dying and she becomes a perfect example of Leviticus 19:13-18, where God calls us to live justly and love our neighbors. Mother Theresa was committed to a life-long demonstration of loving her neighbor, always giving dignity to those God placed in her path – both poor and rich. In fact, all the commandments focus on this very topic: loving our neighbor as ourselves (Romans 13:8-10).

Reading these scriptures today, we actually find our goal and purpose. We’re on earth to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Perhaps you’re quick to write this purpose off, thinking you’ll never be a Mother Theresa with such devotion to the dying, but with every person you love, you too, are loving the dying – as all people will one day face death. Every person who crosses your path becomes an opportunity to live your purpose. Take the next few moments to consider how to love others in the same way you love yourself and how to make the most of every opportunity with others today.

 

Owe no one anything, except to love each other,
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,
You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,”
and any other commandment, are summed up in this word:
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor;
therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
– Romans 13:8-10

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By Rich Obrecht

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