“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” ~Deuteronomy 6:5
Fourteen years ago, I walked down the aisle and made a promise to love another human being with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength. I promised to do this for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, and until death do we part. Quite the promise. I made a promise to love another human being unconditionally under every circumstance, no matter what…with all my heart. Could I possibly love someone that much…in the way God loves me?
The honest answer…not even close! Yes, I love my husband, but trust me when I say that there are times when my heart, soul, and strength hold anything but love! But we push through. Sometimes tears are shed, sometimes laughter emerges, but love always prevails. And I believe stronger than before.
And I’ve never once thought of my husband as nothing less than a gift from God and He has had His hand over us from the moment we first met. He’s been there with us through every trial, every tear, every bit of laughter, all the joy and celebration. God has been there at the highest of highs and more so at the lowest of lows. God has been there when I’ve forgotten Him…or just wanted to ignore Him all together. God loves us beyond anything anyone can comprehend…He loves us as He wants us to love Him…with all our heart, all our soul, and all our strength.
This week, I started a new bible study and one of the topics was what it means to love God with all your heart. I think we “practice” that love with how we love others, especially the one we walked down the aisle with and promised to love unconditionally. I would like to think that the way I love my husband is a fraction of how God loves me. And I would like to believe that with each passing day, I love God just that much more!
I think to love God with everything I have takes more work than I could possibly imagine, so, God has given me something to practice that unconditional love on…day in and day out…because practice makes perfect! Each day, whether I know it or not, my heart, soul, and strength love God just a little more because of the love I’m able to give away to others!
I am forever grateful for the gift I can give. Lord, thank you!