“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Dear God, I should probably commit verses four and five to memory as many Jewish people still do today.
“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.”
Maybe I should print it and put it on my bathroom mirror, saying it every morning as I get ready, making it a reminder to me that I am to love yo with all my heart, soul, and strength. I’m often amazed and disappointed at myself for how much I don’t love you with all of my heart, soul, and strength. If I were to assess myself for percentage of heart, soul, and strength with which I love you, I sadly might venture as high as 40%–maybe. Even that feels like it is being generous. In fact, I don’t even think I can envision what it would look like to love you with 100% of my heart, soul, and strength.
Father, I’m about to speak at a church this morning. I’m going to talk about hearing your word, repenting, and then following your call to do the work you have for us to do. I’m going to tell my story from the last 21 years. Be with me as I tell it. Holy Spirit, be in the room with me. Stir hearts. Speak to souls. Inspire others to love you with all of your heart, soul, and strength. Inspire them to repent, ask for your guidance, and then follow your call. Be glorified in what I do today. Not for my glory, but for yours.
In Jesus’s name I pray,