In the movie, City Slickers, Jack Palance plays a gritty trail boss on a cattle drive for dudes. Billy Crystal is a greenhorn from the city who is having a mid-life crisis. As they discuss the meaning of life, Palance tells Crystal that he has learned that the meaning of life is “one thing”. Crystal, of course wants to know what that “one thing” is, to which Palance replies, “That’s what you’ve got to figure out.”
What is your “one thing”? Is it family? Your job? Ambition? What drives you from day to day to do the things you do?
God wants us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. He does not want to be one among many loves, He wants us to love Him completely. All of our affection, devotion, and adoration is to be focused upon Him.
When we love Him with all of our heart, we will find that we are able to love others to a degree that we never before knew was possible. God’s love is dispensed through us by the Holy Spirit helping us to love others with the same kind of love with which God loves us. (Perhaps this is one of the keys to forgiveness).
God has made us so that we are incomplete without Him. Those who try to fill God’s place in their life with love for anything other than God will be frustrated and unfulfilled, never experiencing the joy of the Lord. Those who do make Him their “one thing” find a completeness and passion for life that nothing else can produce.
What is your “one thing”?