In Matthew 22:36-39 Jesus was asked: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment?” and he answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”


My yoga teacher began a class the other day by saying: “As we think and act, so we become.” The statement was repeated during the class several times, and afterwards, there seemed to be a sense of happiness within the group. It occurred to me that our daily thoughts, whether positive or negative, help shape our experiences and ultimately shape our lifestyles. 

Relaxing and spending quality time with loved ones is a vital aspect of our wellbeing. Similarly, setting aside some quiet time for self-reflection and prayer is equally important. When we take care of ourselves and prioritise our own needs, we become better equipped to show kindness and care towards others. The second commandment reminds us that we are all created in God’s image and that self-love and acceptance are essential for extending unconditional love to others.

As I get older, I have come to realise that being around people who accept me as I am, and who are kind and honest, is so important to me. Long walks, yoga, cooking seasonally, reading and spending time with loved ones are all a big part of my life, for which I am so thankful. 

Exploring new hobbies and interests can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in life. With Christ as our guide and love at the centre of our hearts, living meaningful and active lives is as natural as breathing. Leisure is about restoration and celebration, happiness and health. In accepting God’s grace and his unconditional love, we move in the direction of everlasting hope and love.

As I wake each morning,

Lord God, may you guide me through my day.

As I live each moment,

Lord God, fill my life with your loving care.

As I make choices each day,

Lord God, strengthen

my resolution.

As I face difficult times,

Lord God, may your light heal my brokenness.

As I meet others,

Lord God, may your unconditional love flow through me.

In your mercy and with your

loving, healing grace,

May my life reflect your

everlasting love.