I’ve done a lot of searching in the past few years. Like you (right??), I have areas of my life that need attention: physical health, relationships, spirituality…the list could go on. I’ve realized that, for most of my life, I’ve approached these areas with a cultural mindset. I’ve generally tended to issues in whatever way is the “American norm” of the our age.
But I started thinking about God, and people of old, and how from the beginning of time the world did without our modern “advancements.”
Now don’t misread here. I’m not slamming technology and I’m not throwing modern medicine and all of our current methods out the window.
But I am rethinking. And learning. And listening. Because…
if God, the Lord of all creation, watched over all previous civilizations, and if He created all of the people who are now and who have come before, and if He knows how our bodies work and that the knowledge of all mankind is a mere drop in the oceans and oceans and oceans of His wisdom…
wouldn’t I listen to Him? Wouldn’t He have at least a hint of an idea about what’s going on in this world and in my life?
And wouldn’t I trust that He knows what is best for me? And that if only I’m willing to listen, His Spirit can impart great wisdom to me?
If only I’m willing to listen. That’s the hard part.
I get caught up in the trappings of the day and the mindsets of the day and my schedule and my busy-ness and all the things that I want and that I want to do. And I don’t listen.
But when I do stop to listen, I learn that I have a very clear directive:
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.”
I used to summarize this passage “the most important thing is to love God.”
But that’s not it. It’s loving God with
all my heart
all my soul
all my mind
all my strength.
That’s EVERY PART of my life. It started to make sense to me that, in order to fully love God, I needed to be healthy in each one of these areas.
And I wasn’t.
So I started listening (to God, not to our culture) and learning and working on these four areas. Now, you won’t hear me say that I’ve finally got it all together (that is the stuff of which heaven is made…hallelujah and amen for that). But I’ve learned a lot. And I still have a lot to learn. This is one of the exciting things about living your life for Jesus…He always has places to take you and things to teach you! Never a dull moment if we follow.
I’m willing to share what I’ve learned (and will keep learning!) along the way, and I would love it if you would do the same, because we’ve all been on our own journeys and I firmly believe that you have things you’ve learned too. So let me know, either in the comments or privately by email…what have you learned? Where are your struggles? What have you overcome? We’re all writing stories, and they’re meant to be shared for the purpose of healing the whole.