“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no commandment greater than these. Mark 12:30–31
The radio played the song, and I sang along with Jamie Grace: “I wanna love, wanna give every day I live, I wanna do life big, I wanna love, serve, and give every chance I get, I wanna do life big…” The words to “Do Life Big” are catchy and optimistic. In such an upbeat song, however, serving and loving big can come off sounding all too easy and fun. As I listened to the words, my thoughts went to, But what about when you do what seems like too much? What about when you give and give, and you are not only not thanked but more is demanded? What if you serve and serve and more is expected? And in the midst of the all-out giving and serving, instead of thankfulness, you are the object of judgment and hatefulness?
Nitty-gritty moments like these take me back to my foundation — God absolutely deserves my love for Him and for others. Doing everything as unto Him takes away the guesswork. I must lean into Him, however, and His strength to get there. Our hearts are weakened by conflicting loyalties, our souls are divided by things we dislike, our minds are impaired with false thinking and our strength is wasted on lesser things. Psalm 90:12 declares, “Teach us to number our days aright, O Lord, that we might gain a heart of wisdom.” We need this wisdom so that we might love big.
Today’s Prayer: Lord, move our hearts to love You more. Move our hearts to love others more. Though we fail You in the way we love each day, we ask You today to empower us anew with Your supernatural love. Fill our hearts with a deeper love and desire for You, help our souls to be centered on You, teach us the disciplines of daily feeding our minds with Your life-giving truth, and help us to exert our energies toward things that count for eternity. May Your Spirit guide us and direct our every step in all wisdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.