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As we look at the end of the story of the rich young ruler, it seems to end on a downer note. Mark 10:22 says, “At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad because he had great wealth.”

I think it’s interesting to me that it says “sad”. He could have felt mad or rejected. We don’t know what happens after this encounter - scripture doesn’t say. But his “sadness” give a sense of hope. If he leaves mad he has shut himself off from Jesus. But in his sadness, it seems that he recognizes the truth of what Jesus has said and is wrestling hard with it.

I suggest two prayers around this story.

One - Because “we love because He first loved us”, pray that you can recognize and receive the love of the Father, the love of Jesus, more and more, bit by bit, each day, so that…..

Two - You can love others more and more, bit by bit the way Jesus has loved (is loving) you - working for your very best, always and to eternity.


Take your list from the Reflection on Loving Well section and put it on your calendar. Schedule coffee, a call, a text, a visit and walk towards love with them.

One last bit of wisdom: “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.” Nikka, age 6