The Greatest Commandment – Strength

Physical strength is something that…well, doesn’t come easy to me! I don’t have a lot muscles, or a lot of extra time work building them! On better days though, I can feel the energy flowing – thanks caffeine – and feel the sudden need to DO ALL THE THINGS.

Do you ever feel like this?

Laundry – quick, get it started! Okay, I need to contact all those people interested that one event, scrub the pots and pans and get them in the dish washer, read ten books to the littles, OH! – return those to the library before we get a fine, set up my piano class schedule, rotate all the toys, make sure the kids are signed up for all the things we promised we’d get them signed up for…

I’m just getting tired typing all this. No wonder I’m exhausted. In the midst of the chaos I’ve forgotten that God commands us to love Him with all our strength – even as we go to work, and do those dishes and laundry and errand-running.

This is my very last post in the series The Greatest Commandment, so in case you haven’t been following along, here’s the Bible verse we’re looking at:

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When I feel like I have a lot of physical strength, I find myself not really spending it fully loving the Lord. Even when my intentions are best – yes, I am going to get up this morning at 5:45 and write in my prayer journal – the rest of my strength throughout the day so often gets divvied up between daily tasks, my job, and my family that I forget who I am ultimately serving and loving.

Colossians 3:23 says…

23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,

Doesn’t this fit so well with that greatest commandment Jesus gives us?

You may only have a little strength this morning. Or maybe your third cup of coffee kicked in and you’ve got a lot. Wherever you fall on the energy scale, let’s do today with everything we’ve got, for the glory of God.

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Daniel von Appen

Father, help us to utilize every ounce of strength we have to honor you. At our desks at work, may our hearts and attitudes be aligned with yours. As we wash the dishes, may we dwell on your Word. As we put the kids to bed and think about the millions of things on our to-do lists, let us remember to praise you in the busy. Let us love you with all our strength.

Amen.

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