“Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities..” – Baloo the Bear, The Jungle Book
“So these three things continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13
The book, The Jungle Book, adapted into a Disney movie had a happy-go-lucky character who never seemed to be stressed. While the movie and the bear might be fictional, it is very hard not to realize that the bear had wisdom in what he said. Most of us become too stressed with all the frills and accoutrements of life that we become buried in its complexities, not even having any room to breathe. What is beautiful about the new year is that we are given the opportunity to reassess what is truly important. As our lives go on, we come closer and closer to the realization that material things never hold much value. When calamity strikes, material things get washed away. What doesn’t get washed away is what makes us human, and being human is something that is continually stressed in the Bible: faith, hope, and love.
Faith looks back and tells us that Jesus came. Faith gives us the capacity to believe that He has washed away our sins. Hope looks towards the future. It is there to always remind us that there is something better that awaits us. Love is the key in living today. Why is love the greatest? Because love completes the picture of faith and hope. Love allows us to see what happens in the now and respond to God or man. Of course, without faith we will not be able to love presently because we will be haunted by the past. Without hope we will not be able to love as well because we become too worried of the future. However, love enables us to experience both faith and hope. This is what we find in Jesus when he washed our sins away and gave the promise of heaven.
As we go forth in our journeys, let our lives be constantly filled with these three things: faith, hope, and love.