d365 for the last two weeks has taken time off from the regular Sunday readings and focused on the theme of going to or back to school. I thought the one for 8/19 is especially appropriate. Ann Whitfield Carter talks about the reading from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 10, verse 27, which is: "He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” This is what she has to say:
I love this passage because it gives concrete ways to love God. My senior pastor breaks it down like this: When you spend your days learning in school, you are loving God with all your mind. When you exercise, play sports, or rest, you are loving God with all of your strength. When you spend quality time with those you love, or you do those hobbies that bring you joy, you are loving God with all your heart. And when you nurture your spiritual life, whether through prayer, Scripture reading, or worship, you are loving God with all your being. And to have a balanced life, you need to include all four of these into your everyday life. We do most of these things every day. Now we just need to be mindful of God’s presence when we do them. This will change us on the inside. And whenever we love those around us at school or in our neighborhood or on our team, even those who are hard to love, we are loving God in a way that changes others’ lives. This is what will change our world.Doesn’t this make a lot of sense?!