“If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up.” This is a wise statement by Booker T. Washington.

A great example of lifting up others is my wife’s Grandma Jesse. She outlived many others to the age of 108 by always enjoying her work to give to others — homemade buns, vegetables from her garden, joy and hugs. Her philosophy worked well: “The worse I feel awakening in the morning, the faster I get out of bed!”

The highest value in all of humanity is to show love from a grateful heart. It also has many benefits. It is good medicine! Love softens the heart, reduces blood pressure, defeats depression, stimulates more energy.

But how can we love? We can love because we were first loved by God. It is amazing that someone of God’s immeasurable greatness would set His love on us. Why in the world would He do this for tiny, short-lived beings on earth? Why should He care? Surely it is not because we benefit Him in some way. A great Biblical statement says He did this simply because He loves us (Deuteronomy 7:7-8).

We can do the same! Who do you choose to love and lift up today? See what higher levels of joy, peace, happiness and creative energy you will experience!