Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Today I am focusing on the “mind” part of this verse as that is, in my opinion, where it all begins; even though it is listed last. Our desires begin there.
There was a time in my life where I relied heavily on a particular prayer book: “One Quiet Moment” by former United States Senate Chaplin, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie. It was a book of daily prayers which I found at just the right time. My mind was in turmoil and I had lots of questions about family issues. I was seeking some kind of understanding of things. When reading these prayers, which often spoke for me, my mind was able to center on Jesus and his love for me. On the pages of this book I underlined and scribbled copious notes. I took its words to heart. I reread it over several years, until the binding was coming apart. I treasure it now because the prayers inside carried me through some very difficult years. I desired guidance.
These inspired prayers brought me peace of mind, and therefore were a comfort to my heart and soul. For you see, all three are so intricately interwoven to form me and you. These cannot be separated. To love God with all my heart, soul and mind is to love Him with my entirety. That is a commandment; a requirement. I think on that. It should be both an honor and my deepest desire. Only then can I be open, broken and one with Him who will use me as a vessel of love and service.
But that being said, my devotional today includes some segments of these beautifully written prayers regarding our minds. I hope these will help you as well:
Step into this Lenten season with a desire to more fully love God with ALL your being, and then pass on that love to your “neighbor.” However you decide in your mind to honor these forty holy days, may you complete them with a renewed sense of God’s presence in your heart, soul and mind.
Be ready to raise your Alleluia!