This is the true foundation of a life well lived. It has nothing to do with what we get or what we may be given. The measure of a good life is about demonstrating love in all we do. It’s about how we have served those around us and what we have given to those most in need.
Jesus said that we were to love one another more than we love ourselves. He also said we were to love each other even as He loved us.
This is the kind of love Frankl is describing, a lifestyle of service and love for those around us. Such self-transcendence is not only the path toward self-actualization, it is also the path to true and lasting joy.
Gracious and most merciful Creator, You have graced us beyond comprehension. All that we have, even life itself, is a gift from you. And for all that we have received we give you thanks and praise.
Even as we praise you for the mercy and love you have poured into our lives we recognize that there are those around us that are not so blessed. We are forced to admit that our world is not just, that evil abounds, that violence stalks the poor, and that hunger still kills thousands of our family every day.
Our prayer this morning is that each of us who call ourselves followers of your Son might be guided more completely by his love and compassion. Allow us to be touched by the pain and fear of the poor and hungry. Allow us to sense the anger Jesus felt for those who would abuse the weak.
And throughout this week we would ask that you would guide us to those we might demonstrate compassion and mercy in your name. Fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit that we might bring bring peace where there is conflict and grace where the need is the greatest. Grant us the power to serve you by serving those most in need of your love.