-G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
A scribe came to Jesus and asked Him which of the commandments were most important. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul and all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself," Jesus replied.
I'd never considered before how these commandments take the focus off me. And I'd never considered before that having something else to focus on besides me and all my junk could be such a blessed relief.
My amazing sister, Jessica, this past year made a new decision: to love God with all her heart, and to try to love her neighbor as herself. I remember talking to her after she came to one of the our church worship gatherings-where we were asked to describe some of the benefits we had found while following Jesus. She said a big one for her was realizing that it's not all about her, that there's a bigger story going on than her own little life saga, and I totally agree.
I've long felt now that one of the reasons that God tells us to love Him, to focus on Him and give Him worship is so that we can have some relief from all the wretched self-absorbtion that has plagued us since Eden. Just to focus on Someone pure and just, right and good, the Person in Whom all wholeness and beauty find their source, has been such a balm. Finally, a few minutes off from the round-the-clock scrutiny of my so-called life, the 'tiny and tawdry theatre where my little plot is played out' ad nauseum. I used to think it was some sort of divine egotism for God to demand that his followers worship him, but now I see it as an act of a mercy-like water to someone lost in the desert, our worship should be tinged with, "boy-are You a sight for sore eyes!"