If you were to find yourself in a life-and-death situation, such as being stuck in the desert without water or lying gravely ill in the hospital, petty things would fall to the side. All that would matter would be your will to keep living. When you sense your own mortality, all you desperately desire is to survive—to have the energy to make it through one more day.

That’s because the greatest love of your life is life itself.

When it comes to loving G‑d, that can sound intimidating. Can you really come to love G‑d, or is that a lofty goal relevant only to the few “spiritual souls” out there?

In Chapter 44 of Tanya, the Alter Rebbe explains that you can. On your level, based on your abilities, you can reveal within yourself a real loving connection with your Creator.

Think about it. If your life were in danger, then you would cling to it at all costs because you already love your life. That’s one step over from loving the Giver of Life: G‑d Himself!

When you meditate on the fact that G‑d is truly the source of your life, you will be filled with love of G‑d, as the Zohar explains on the verse: “My soul, I have desired you at night, in the morning my spirit longs for you.”

Just as the body loves its soul, its very life, a Jew can reveal his or her innate love of G‑d. Because G‑d is the true love of your life.

Tanya Bit: You already love your life, but you can think your way to loving the Giver of life.

(Inspired from Chapter 44 of Tanya)