A study by Stuart Webb
Every Sunday we remember the two great commandments: to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength; and to love your neighbour as yourself. Each Sunday, we affirm together how right it is to put God first in our lives. So why do I feel so empty when I say it? The reality is that, in practice, I don’t put God first and I’m not even sure what it means in my daily life to love God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength.
As for loving my neighbour as myself, well that would be a lot easier if my neighbours weren’t so difficult. Is it because I don’t really love God? Of course not! I love God dearly, and I am abundantly grateful for the wonders of God’s love in my life. So why the struggle? Shakespeare wrote of our lives in ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ Act IV “the web of our life is a mingled yarn, good and ill together”.
With the highs and lows of life, is it possible to put God first and maintain my busy life, raise my family, have my career? I believe the answer is ‘yes’ and the following study may help us find the right balances to confidently affirm that we love God, heart, mind, soul and strength and, God willing, learn to love our neighbour as ourselves.