When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Faith is pretty simple. We are to love God with all our hearts, Souls, and minds and love others as we love God. But, it’s hard to do in this world. God knew this before you were born. He is the Infinite Parent to us all. Like we do with our Children, Friends, Families, and Colleagues, we should always strive to recognize the “trying” in others; not the accomplishments. Trophies are for track meets – they have no place in our Spiritual lives. It doesn’t matter what clothes you wear; where you live; what kind of car you drive; how big your house is (if you have one at all); etc. If you’ve ever been Blessed to have seen the Radio City Christmas Spectacular show (either in NYC or on one of its global tours), you might remember the ending “living” Nativity scene at the end of the show. Please see below the 1926 poem “One Solitary Life” by James Allan Francis that is read during the unveiling of the Birth of Christ. Like the K.I.S.S. priniciple, we should always seek to Keep It Simple Stupid. Stupidity arrives when we miss the 1st three (3) letters.
“One Solitary Life” by James Allan Francis
He was born in an obscure village. The child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village. Where he worked in a carpenter shop. Until he was thirty. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never went to college. He never visited a big city. He never traveled more than two hundred miles. From the place where he was born. He did none of the things. Usually associated with greatness. He had no credentials but himself. He was only thirty three. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies. And went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing. The only property he had on earth. When he was dead. He was laid in a borrowed grave. Through the pity of a friend. Nineteen centuries have come and gone. And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race. And the leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that have ever marched. All the navies that have ever sailed. All the parliaments that have ever sat. All the kings that have ever reigned put together. Have not affected the life of mankind on earth. As powerfully as that one solitary life.