What do individuals need more than ever in their lives? I asked this question last month on my website and asked people to share their thoughts anonymously. I also shared it on Twitter and Facebook asking the same question. The response was overwhelming.
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It all started at a coffee shop when some friends and I were meeting for fellowship. As we sat there and talked to a few people, we became very curious as to what individuals needed in their lives more than ever. As we talked to people we heard all kinds of stories of pain, loss, suffering, brokenness, feeling lost, and heartache. We could not believe it.
After hearing all the stories at the coffee shop, it made us even more curious as to what individuals needed more than ever in their lives. Was it love, values, a sense of purpose, or something different? We had no idea, but we were going to find out.
We setup the webpage, shared it, and waited for responses to come in. We had two outcomes that we were looking for.
- We wanted to find out so that we could share it with everyone.
- We wanted to be able to take action and start living it out daily.
Within minutes of posting the question, responses started coming in. The feedback was exciting. Over the course of a week or so I received hundreds of great responses to the question.
Here are a few of the responses to the question.
“We need more Family VALUES.. there seem to be too many people out there that don’t care.”
“I think some people confuse their roles in life, with their purpose in life. When you understand who you are, your purpose never changes regardless of what your current role is, purpose will direct your values & love.”
“What we need more than ever is to stop feeling we “need” and honestly and painfully (because due to addictions it won’t be without sacrifice) take inventory of what we have.”
“We need love more than ever. People have lost the importance of loving one another”
Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond, I greatly appreciate it. The overwhelming response showed great curiosity, and if I had room I would share all the responses.
So, what do individuals need more than ever in their lives? What do you think that it is? What is it for you?
Looking through hundreds of responses I can see their to be many needs; including purpose, values, freedom, family, and others. However, after fully analyzing the results I can conclude that LOVE is needed more than ever in peoples lives.
Almost half of the results that were shared were LOVE. Is this startling to you that love is needed more than ever in peoples lives? Or does this answer come as no surprise?
Matthew 22:36-39 says, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘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 neighbor as yourself.’
Can we not fill this need of love? I believe the answer to many things can be found in love, and you can see here that it is missing in peoples lives.
Have we lost love? Can we get it back? I think we can, but we must take action today and start loving again. Make a conscious choice to love and I promise you will be loved. Jesus said that the greatest commandment of all is love.
How about you?
What do you think individuals need more than ever in their lives?