March 14, 2023

The Importance of the Will to Love

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:35 Today I’d like to discuss the importance of the will to love. Not the will to live but the will to love. George Saunders, a famous essayist, was invited to give a graduation speech at Syracuse University. In his remarks he said millions of these kinds of speeches have been given. He said usually an “old guy” like him imparts wisdom, life’s lessons, and tells the graduates that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to. It’s good to hear these things, but he said the best question to ask an old guy is: “What is your greatest regret in life?”  He first shared what he doesn’t regret, which is every horrible job he had or every time he was poor and did not have food to eat. That builds character.

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