It really is all we need

love, All You Need Is Love

When the Beatles and the Bible agree on something, you know it’s a message that resonates.

“All you need is love,” the world’s best-selling band sang.

“Love never fails,” according to the world’s best-selling book.

I had a lot of ideas for today’s blog post. In fact, I’d written 500-plus words that were perfectly serviceable, a bit of inspiration to start your week. Maybe someday I’ll run them.

But not today.

Today, this is all I want to write:

Love. Go forth and love today.

Tell a joke.

Belly laugh.

Write a note.

Pray for someone.

Listen to understand, not to respond or judge.

Learn something new.

Play a game.

Cultivate hope.

Read a newspaper.

Ask, “Where do I see God in this?”

Bake cookies with your kids.

Share them with a neighbor.

Ride a bike.

Fix what is broken.

Hold a hand.

Weed the garden.

Give thanks.

Phone a friend.

Have faith.

In a world seemingly divided by left or right, Republicans or Democrats, California or Alabama, love can feel like … nothing. “Like trying to stop a fire with the moisture from a kiss,” Garth Brooks once sang.

The problem isn’t, however, that love is not enough. The problem is that we don’t love enough.

“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love,” says the 13th chapter of I Corinthians.

Or, if you prefer Dionne Warwick: “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”

Go forth and love today. It’s what the world needs. Really.

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