To live you have to love. To love you have to be vulnerable.
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
Love the Lord with your heart, that makes sense. Love the Lord with your mind, that’s a little harder, because we don’t usually ponder loving with our mind. Love the Lord with all our strength sounds really different for me.
But aren’t we all part heart and soul, part mind and part body? Isn’t everything we do all around these things? Body, mind, and spirit? Even bath products embrace body, mind, and spirit – “….with the essence of spring flowers, eucalyptus, ginger, jasmine, restore your body blah, blah.” Yoga anyone?
So why not God? Isn’t God as real as a bath? Isn’t God as real as yoga? Isn’t He the creator? Then doesn’t He deserve all of us when we live? Shouldn’t we love Him with everything we have?
He is love, pure love, perfect love, and we should love him like He is. We shouldn’t offer platitudes, but should offer ourselves, with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and with all our strength.
To love, to truly love, you have to be vulnerable. To live, to truly live, you have to love. To live, therefore, to truly live, you have to be vulnerable. We sometimes do it with our spouse, with our children, with friends. Do we do it with God? Do we have the emotional intimacy with God – the Father who created the universe, Christ who brought us God’s way, overturning man’s way and forever changing the course of the world, and the Holy Spirit who is in us to forever change us and to constantly move us closer to God – that God?
This is the most important commandment. Love the Lord with your whole being, all of you. He is love and will love on you like you’ve never known. He will live on you here and for eternity. He has shown us what to do. We have ways to manifest our love here on earth – let’s start by eliminating social injustice without the help of government, or making families families that are invested, not electronically pacified, etc. – and it starts by leaning into, and loving with everything we are, God.
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I have God leading me there.