And He said to him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'
"This is the great and foremost commandment.
"The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'
"On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."
Trust the Lord to make it simple for us. Love God, and love others as you love yourself. A nice summary of the golden rule. Not easy to do. I know people (including myself) who have been working on it for years and still do not have it right. A friend of mine said he learned the golden rule at 5 years old. He did not want to deal with a lot of other stuff since he was still having so much trouble managing that one.
Something to keep working on. It is a big enough new year resolution for me to chew on for quite some time to come. It is about thoughts, words and deeds. It is about attitude and action. It is about all the things we struggle doing no matter how much we want to, how much we know we should.
I will try to do better in 2009 than I have in the past.