The first of all the commandment is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Mark 12: 29-30
The devotional for Sundays reading got me thinking. It began discussing the American Heart Associations recommendations for a healthy heart; listing items like maintaining a balanced diet and eating fruits and vegetables. The readings discuss your heart symbolically and spiritually which as we know is very important I think tending to our physical heart is as important. I often discuss self-care and ways to maintain sanity in an ever-changing and challenging world. Well I’ve made mention that I need a massage and every time I say it my husband tells me to book a massage. I often make up reasons why I can’t go making excuse after excuse. I suppose he got tired of telling me to get a massage and called me on always talking about self-care but not actually doing the types of self-care I need. I tell that story because I think it is sometimes easy to say I love the Lord, I sing to God I communicate with God and my heart loves God. However, I think we ought to consider how our physical hearts can also be a commitment to God. I believe we often consider our souls but sometimes we forget what ways we should love God with all our minds and strength. I would argue that our physical strength is as important in this endeavor as our mental strength. As you go forward this week I challenge you to think about ways in which you are preparing your heart and mind both spiritually and physically in order to truly love God with all thy heart.
Have a Blessed Week!