The more you know God, the more you will love Him
Loving God as our first love means we will have a daily awareness of God and our need for Him. Love is not automatic. It is something we nurture and grow. It is easier to say we love God than to actually love God. But love is an expectation for the spiritual person. God tells us the expectation in Mark 12:30, and it is a tall order.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
We love many things, don’t we? I think of favorite foods, books, people, movies, scents, clothes, tastes in artwork, music, and places we like to be. These are the things that make life enjoyable and worth the journey. These help us understand the concept of love.
THE BETTER GOOD
Our country is in a mess. What the heck is going on? We are swimming around in abysmal conditions without any clear understanding of why or how we got here. It is like we are in a battle, the battle of bad v good, but we’ve forgotten what good looks like. Even our explanations seem to have an edge to them.
There is a struggle going on although it’s not a new one. This one includes deception and misinformation. It is hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. There is a lot of crossover. In my skepticism I think “The pot is calling the kettle black.” Such is my disillusionment.
Let’s take a closer look.
A Contemplative Book
Rich Lewis appreciates a contemplative walk with God. The kind spiritual living which includes daily times set aside for listening in silence with God. Through Twitter he and I connected because of “Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots” (RCMR) by Amos Smith.
Rich is a part of the RCMR mystic movement, which highlights Christian truth through the spiritual discipline of meditation. He has written a book on centering prayer, a practice that is helpful in developing a centered spiritual life.
This week Rich shared a review of my book. Here is part of his review and a link to his post. I hope you will check out some of his other blog posts and his free ebook, Centering Prayer. It is a practice I highly recommend.
Something precious has been lost during this election season. The lack of civil behavior highlights an alarming trend. Public discourse and interactions have stooped to a new low. I, for one, find this unacceptable.
Some things, when lost, are difficult to retrieve.
Where will the path lead?