Recently I’ve been enjoying a series on Channel 4 by Bear Grylls called The Island; it’s about 13 guys stuck on a desert island with nothing but 3 cameras and 3 machetes, seeing if they have what it takes to survive on their own for a whole month. Every time I watch it I can’t help thinking things like, “would I be able to do that?” or “what would it take to survive something like that?”
According to The Beatles, “All you need is love”, which at first may sound a bit cliché, but is that all that it is? Well obviously as humans we need food, water and air to survive - that’s a given - but once we have that, what else do we need?
One of the things Bear Grylls says throughout the programme is that, “survival is about so much more than physical preservation” which is true. There needs to be something in our lives, something to enrich them to more than just staying alive, otherwise we have no purpose. No matter what we fill this space with, whether it is fashion, technology, a hobby or friends/family, it is the love for that thing which is enriching us.
As humans, we are created to love, Jesus outlines this when he gives us the 2 greatest commandments: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-40).
Both of these commandments are telling us to practice love, something I think we can all too easily forget. I often find that it is far too easy to get lost in the business of everyday life, overcomplicating many of the things that I face, when most times the problem can be resolved through love. It is my love of God that is the reason I follow Jesus, just like every other Christian; it is that same love that I should show to others, no matter how much I can disagree with them; it is a love for the way that Jesus lived which spurs me on to be a better person day by day.
So no matter what problem I find myself stuck with, whether it’s one where I am in the middle of Manchester or stuck on a desert island with nothing, I know that it is His love that can help me through!