Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
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.’
I recently took on a big commitment when my brother and I decided to get matching tattoos. It’s been something we’ve talked about for a couple years now, but we decided we’d only do it if we found something significant that stuck with us for a while. We thought about motivational quotes, bounced ideas off each other, but couldn’t find anything. Little did we know, the answer was with us for years.
The two of us, along with our little sister (who some of you will know as Notch), have been very fortunate and spoiled to be raised by the two amazing role models God has blessed us with as parents. They’re not ones to give you life instructions and leave you on your own to do life, but instead lead by example and set the bar high for how to live in a Godly manor. They constantly poor Jesus into the three of us, and just make sure that we pass that on to others at all times. The lifestyle that my mom decided to live by a long time ago is based off four short words. Love God. Love People.
These words are based off of Jesus’ lesson to the Pharisees in Matthew 22 when he was questioned on what the greatest commandment is, and it’s not anything super difficult to understand or do. As I keep maturing and strive to be as Christlike as I can be, the biggest step I can take is trying to love like Christ did, no exceptions.
So as serious of a commitment as it is to put something on my body that won’t ever leave, the bigger commitment to me is being able to live out this motto. It’s not only a way to honour my mom and what she always teaches us, but it’s a statement and a promise to live my life full of love and putting myself third.
The testament on my arm reads “Love God, Love All”, a bit of a twist on Matthew 22, but the context still remains: I exist to serve and love God and people everywhere. The script is in Greek, as the New Testament was written in Greek and the philosophy of love was perfected by the Greeks. So if there are any Greek speakers out there and you see something you don’t agree with, keep it to yourself *wink*.
Love you all,