“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.” Mark 12:30 NKJV
I am not sure how to do this.
There. I said it. Wrote it.
I am not really sure how to love God like this. It is foreign to me, and scary to even try…or think about trying. My biggest fear is that I will love the wrong way, or not the way God intended, or in a way that is not really loving of God at all.
So, fear has kept me from obeying this with all commandment to the full extent intended. A part of me still desires to hold back. Why? Because to love with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength is scary and confusing. It involves taking a risk and not knowing the outcome. It requires a leap of faith in order to move beyond the fear. So, this is the time to take the leap and love God with all my heart. But what is love? Even this can be confusing when a two sides of a clashing culture both believe they are responding with love.
So, with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength my goal is to discover what love is and what it does. It may not be perfect. It will probably look messy. I will likely stumble a lot, but I know that God loves me no matter what, so loving Him is worth the risk and pressing past the fear.
Are you willing to push past fear and take the leap of faith in loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?