In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus boils down the essence of faith and obedience to God to two crystal clear commands: Love the Lord your God with everything you've got and love people the way you love yourself.

WOW! How complicated do we make Christianity when in reality it is this simple. No, it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination, but it is simple.

Love God with everything you've got: Love him with your heart, emotions, affections, etc. Love him with your brain, intellect, imaginations, and memories. Love him with your body and how you use it. Love him with your relationships. Love him with your vocation, your money, your family, etc. Love God with everything you've got!

And, love people the way you love yourself. I confess that the one person I am super skilled at loving is me. For example, I judge others by their actions but I judge myself by my intentions. We are to love our family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, enemies, strangers, foreigners - everyone!

I am beginning to believe that this simple focus of loving God and loving people can bring traction to our faith, energy to our lives, and joy to our hearts - and it might just change the entire world!

Go get 'em, my friend!!