'The first is ... "you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’
We live in a world that gives us easy access to an untold amount of information. Between newspapers, books, tv/radio and the internet, it's almost a flood. What advice do we give to somebody who's gotten swept away by that flood as they seek their path in life? We might tell them to start with the Bible - but where in the Bible? I think that each Bible that is published should come with a great big bookmark that has "Start Here!" printed on it. That bookmark should be placed on the passage from Mark that is quoted above. In this passage, Jesus tells that, no matter how big the flood, these are the things that are the most important. He doesn't tell us it will be easy to follow these commandments, but he does tell us exactly where to get started.
(reprinted from May 2014)