Sometimes, It Takes Everything You Have…and that’s a good thing

March 12, 2008 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

In writing a comment a minute ago, I realize what I need to hear more fully.  I love it when that happens.  This was the scripture that came to life for me, probably for the first time as fully as it did today, added notes are mine.  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart (all you really are), with all your soul (your gut feeling that discerns spiritual things, I think), with all your mind (submitting to truth of God’s word), and with all your strength (life energy, priorities, activities), and love your neighbor (seek healthy relationships) as you love yourself (striving toward personal balance and health).”

It’s the “Golden Rule”…actually the two greatest commandments, Jesus said.  In it we find a really holistic view to life.  Balance is not just some Zen-like quality and “balance” exists in the parameters of this verse.  It’s all there.  Hitting two out of three is not enough…God wants my all.  I can’t even really work on some of these areas for a few days and then on others.  In my weakness I often have to, or feel I have to.  But, he wants it all…all the time.

Every day, Lord, help me give you my all.  Thank you for your mercy and grace this far!  Only in you am I able!

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