“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” Jn 15:12 NKJV
Take a deep breath, and hold it for a moment. Now exhale it. Where did it go? That single breath of air contains at least three nitrogen atoms that were inhaled by every person who has ever lived, including Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill, and Ghandi. The dinosaurs actually breathed some of the same atoms that you took into your body. The air that you just exhaled will circle the globe in the next twelve months, and everyone will breathe at least two or three of those atoms. That scientific fact dramatizes the connectedness between each of us. Just as we all share our chemistry with other members of the human family, so we are all interdependent. We’re affected positively or negatively by the actions of each other. During the self-centered days of what used to be called the “Me Generation,” it was common to hear people say, “As long as I’m not hurting anyone, it’s nobody’s business what I do.” Unfortunately, everything we do affects other people, and there’s no such thing as a completely independent act. The poet John Donne wrote, “No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of a continent, a piece of the main.” With that in mind, read these two Scriptures: (1) “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; as I have loved you.” (2) “Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another” (Ro 13:8 NLT). That means you have an obligation today to show your care for others in some practical way.