There are those who might say the best thing they’ve ever done in their lives is write a book that was published; or that they founded a successful and widely recognized business; or that they parented a wonderful family; or attained public recognition and fame through performance; or that they were named a pastor, bishop or cardinal of the church; or that they won a state or national lottery; or that they own a world record or championship ring in some sport; or that they came up with a unique and world-changing invention; or that they were a successful part of a benevolent and envied government. These and many more are all great things.
In my own life I might say the best thing I have done is marry my wife; or serve in the Peace Corps; or teach English to thousands of middle school students; or study for the priesthood; or perform in various jazz bands. But all of these things in the lives of others and in my own life are not the best things one can do in one’s life. In fact, they are all pretty meaningless except as vehicles for the truly best thing anyone can do in his/her life - love!
To love is absolutely the best thing any human being can do in life. All human accomplishment and glory pales in significance to the act of love. If I, or others answer the question: What is the best thing you have ever done in your life? -with anything else but love, then we’ve missed the point of life itself. Each day gives us another chance, in whatever we’re doing, in whatever state of existence, in whatever life-style – to love! Miss it and we miss the best thing we can do. We miss the meaning of life. Each new day is another series of chances to love, and we so often miss them, ignore them, or flat-out reject them. Love is selfless and we are too much concerned with ourselves. That is the problem. That is what we must struggle with in order to love.