Until recently I had fairly definite beliefs about success, homosexuality, women liberation, marriage, family, faith, equal rights, racism etc, all of which I was confident I was right about. Slowly all of these ideas I held tight are giving way to one simple idea, which is love.
One of my all time favourite books of the Bible is James, and in Chapter 3 Verses 17 and 18 it says "Real wisdom, God's wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterised by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honour" (MSG).
What if we all just stop for one minute, stop thinking about ourselves and what we deem as right, and feel love towards the people we are bagging, judging, bullying, mocking, abusing or ignoring, how different would your world look?
I am becoming far less opinionated on nearly all topics. Does this mean I stand for nothing; absolutely not, I stand for love, which is everything. Loving yourself so you choose healthy relationships, loving your children more than any amount of money, loving your husband so you stay faithful, loving truth so you never bend it, loving justice more than item produced using slave or child labour and loving your neighbour enough to say hello.
It is not new to proclaim "all you need is love" but as individuals and as a society we just don't get it. World leaders have lost their lives for making this statement. Many would argue love doesn't put food on the table or pay the bills. For some reason the concept makes people feel very uncomfortable and it is hard to grasp in its entirety.
It is worth considering though, before you share an opinion, end a relationship, commit to a purchase or make a decision, ask yourself if it contributes to the objective of "getting along with each other".