The greatest commands, say Jesus, is to love and love our neighbor (cf. Matt 22:37-40).
- That’s a package commandment, as we can’t do one without the other.
- To love God, we must love our neighbors and when we love our neighbors, we also are loving God.
What then is an ethic of love?
- The video below of Team Hoyt offers a good illustration of what this ethic is. It’s a story about father and son, Dick and Rick Hoyt.
- Here’s the back story: Rick was born with cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. As a baby, doctors encouraged the Hoyt’s to institutionalize Rick, believing he would never be much more than a vegetable. However, the Hoyt’s chose instead to fight for their son to live life to his fullest capacity. After getting Rick fitted with a computer that allowed him to communicate, the Hoyt’s learned that their son was quite intelligent. Rick eventually went on to graduate from Boston University and then worked for Boston College in their computer department helping develop communications systems for people with disabilities. Today this is what father and son, Dick and Rick are up to.
- Here’s the video:
So how can we practice the ethic of love in our own lives?
- Drake Bassett said in a recent tweet, “It costs us nothing to give praise to others. Who knows what one word of encouragement might do in the life of another?”
- He’s right!
- So maybe we might start by becoming more observant of others around us that we will have some form of praise to offer them.
- Just imagine how different life might be if every person in the world received at least one word of praise for who they are . . . image bearers of the God who created them.
So what’s on your mind that can help us live as better ministers?