At a recent business luncheon we were asked to share with the group who we are, what we do and what was your best memory from this summer. Before you read any further, think back over the summer. What was your best memory?
One of my perfect moments from this past summer was when I was at a park with my family, and I was teaching my son how to ride his bike without training wheels. I remember the heat of the afternoon sun as I was running back in forth in the grass holding onto the back of his seat. I remember my wife and daughter sitting in the shade of a large oak tree drinking ice cold water from a translucent blue thermos. And I remember that moment when I let go of the back of my son’s seat and watched as he teetered and wobbled and rode his bike for the first time with no training wheels. As I ran next to him, I looked up at my wife and with my eyes said, “Look he is doing it on his own.”
As I jogged this morning, I was reflecting on the question we were asked, “What was your best memory?” and I was thinking back not just about my own best memory, but thinking about how many others in the group that afternoon answered that question. As we went around the table almost everyone’s best memory had something to do with time they spent with people they loved. Almost everyone’s best memory stemmed from something they did with and for someone they cared about. It made me think that I had stumbled upon the secret formula to creating more perfect moments in my life. I was having a hard time articulating the perfect moment formula and then I picked up my Bible and read this verse.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
Reading this verse made me realize that the formula for more perfect moments had already been written and recorded over two thousand years ago. So while I haven’t created any thing new, I just wanted to share the realization I had. Perhaps one reason God wants us to love one another and serve one another is because it is in those times that we create more perfect moments.