Lesson Two, The Greatest Love Of All

Blog 1109 – 09.09.2018

Lesson Two, The Greatest Love Of All

Yesterday, I shared one of the two most important lessons that I have learned about life – that as the children’s song and round Row, Row, Row Your Boat says so sweetly and succinctly that “life is but a dream” and I added that we are solely responsible for our own happiness and making our own dream or dreams come true. Today I would like to share a second lesson that I have learned well enough I think to teach about what I have come to believe is The Greatest Love Of All.

It is not, Charlie Brown, for that little red head girl, or blonde, or brunette. Nor is for you ladies that tall dark and handsome guy, nor short, light, and rugged. The greatest love of all despite all the religious professions is not to love God with all your heart soul and mind nor to love your neighbor. But it is to love yourself. All other loves are really quite impossible till we first get this one right. We are according to how I read the Jesus quote, “To love God with all our heart soul mind and strength and our neighbor EVEN AS WE LOVE OURSELVES.” And I realize most people, and I for most of my life did not read it with the emphasis on the last five words. It matters what part of the sentence we emphasize, the meaning we get out of a sentence. A comical misunderstanding comes to mind. “What’s that in the road A HEAD?” Does that emphasis not conjure up the image of a severed head laying on the pavement ahead?

Whitney Houston’s hit song from early in her musical career, The Greatest Love Of All, has some wonderful lyrics to this point and I quote them:

The Greatest Love Of All

I believe the children are our are future

Teach them well and let them lead the way

Show them all the beauty they possess inside

Give them a sense of pride to make it easier

Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody searching for a hero

People need someone to look up to

I never found anyone who fulfill my needs

A lonely place to be

And so I learned to depend on me

I decided long ago

Never to walk in anyone’s shadows

If I fail, if I succeed

At least I’ll live as I believe

No matter what they take from me

They can’t take away my dignity

Because the greatest

Love of all is happening to me

I found the greatest

Love of all inside of me

The greatest love of all

Is easy to achieve

Learning to love yourself

It is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future

Teach them well and let them lead the way

Show them all the beauty they possess inside

Give them a sense of pride to make it easier

Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

I decided long ago

Never to walk in anyone’s shadows

If I fail, if I succeed

At least I’ll live as I believe

No matter what they take from me

They can’t take away my dignity

Because the greatest

Love of all is happening to me

I found the greatest

Love of all inside of me

The greatest love of all

Is easy to achieve

Learning to love yourself

It is the greatest love of all

And if, by chance, that special place

That you’ve been dreaming of

Leads you to a lonely place

Find your strength in love

Songwriters: Linda Creed / Michael Masser

Greatest Love of All lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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The Greatest Love Of All

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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