Chaplains Corner

‘Simon Says’ is a game we all know, where the leader says an instruction and everyone is to follow, and when you don’t, you are out.

Imagine if in life it was that simple, and instruction and we follow. Unfortunately, (or fortunately), our lives are far more intricate and complex. However, there are many times when it would be handy to have a clear instruction as to what to do, what to say, or what decision to make.

So in our world today what would our ‘Simons be’ and are they worth following? When Jesus came over 2000 years ago, he wanted it to be very clear what people should do, what rule of life they should follow, and he summed it up in what called the two great commandments. And they are found in one of the books in the Bible written about Jesus’ life called Matthew.

Jesus said,

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  

This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it:

‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’

In other words instead of wishing sometimes for ‘Simon Says’ type of guidance, how about replacing it with ‘Love Says…’ and from there working out the best way forward. What would that look like in your life? What choices would that change?

Love says…

by Alison Andrew, Chaplain

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