WEDNESDAY, MAY 29
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NIV
FAMILY CIRCUS: A SOLID FOUNDATION Pt. 2
A little old lady was amazed at how nice the young man was next door. Every day he would help her gather things from her car or help her in her yard. One day, the old lady finally asked the young man, “Son, how did you become such a fine young man?” The young man replied, “Well, when I was a boy, I had a drug problem.” The old lady was shocked. “I can’t believe that.” The young man said, “Yes, when I was a little boy my parents drug me to church every week.”
While the word picture of being drug to church may not seem appealing, teaching kids to love God is essential. Moses taught the people to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Jesus said this was the GREATEST COMMANDMENT in Mark 12:30.
The second part of building a solid foundation in the lives of our kids is teaching them to love God and to love others. Everything in life flows from this. God desires that we have a strong, intense, love relationship with Him and that relationship should lead us to love others.
The three ways of loving God mentioned by Moses are with our heart, soul and strength. What do you think it means for you to love God with each of these three areas individually? Are you modeling that for others around you to see? Ask God to help you love Him with all of who you are and not only parts.