Contemporary culture encourages us to make islands of ourselves for the sake of self-fulfillment, of career advancement, of entertainment, of diversion, and all the demands of the sovereign self. When suffering and death come to you-and it will-you want to be in a place where you know, and you are known. You want-no, you need-to be able to say, as Mike did, ‘We’re leaning, but we’re leaning on each other.’ I deeply believe then, and believe today, that one day I will be asked to give an account of my life to my Maker. That fateful week in Louisiana I wondered: When I meet the Lord, will I be able to say that my life had been about giving, not just taking? Would being able to discern the difference between a Bordeaux and a Burgandy bring me any closer to tasting the cup of salvation? In short: Did I have love?
From, The Little Way of Ruthie Lemming, written by Rod Dreher.
An excellent book and this passage in particular summarized the sweet conviction felt after reading it.