here AND there

Today I was reflecting on Deuteronomy 6:4-7 which says, 4 "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. 5 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again." 

You know whatever or whoever you love, you will talk about.  The true object of our worship just cannot be contained inside because it is just constantly leaking out of us.  This passage challenges me because it reminds me that my true love and devotion to God is not observed on a Sunday morning during a church service but is seen by my children and my wife.  This verse says that we are to have an all-consuming love for our God.  It suggests that when we wake up in the morning, when we are hanging out on the couch, driving in the car, eating dinner together in the evening and going to bed at night that Jesus and our relationship with Him should be an inseparable part of our speech and conduct.

How am I doing?  How are you doing?  Not only am I affected when I give God my left overs and half-hearted worship but my wife and children observe the blatant inconsistency and disconnect.  Recently I was told that 70% of 23-30 year olds are dropping out of church.  This is the highest drop out rate of any generation ever studied.  My kids desperatley need to see me living out a consistent life of worship from the chair in the worship center to the chair in our kitchen table to the driver's seat of my car.  Lord, may I be an authentic whole-hearted worshiper of You!

in Christ,

Brian