love in proximity

O God, it is easy to love the whole world,
  but hard to love the person one works next to;
O God, it is easy to campaign for world peace,
  but hard to contribute to the peace within my own home;
O God, it is easy to be fascinated with some new truth,
  and miss you in the thing I have known for so long;
O God, it is easy to share my home and possessions with people I like.
  Teach me how to be generous towards others.
Enable me today to say something,
  or do something that will make a difference to the discouraged,
  to the inexperienced, to the despairing.
Let no selfish concern with my own affairs shut me off from any today.
For your love’s sake.

Rita Snowden, 1907-1999, New Zealand Devotional Author and Broadcaster

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Love one another with brotherly affection.
Outdo one another in showing honor.
Do not be slothful in zeal,
  be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

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