What is the masterpiece that you are creating with your life? That was the question I asked in last Tuesday’s blog post. As I sought an answer, I turned to Jesus’ teaching.
Jesus was asked, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22.36-40).
With a fair amount of intentionality I focused last week on fully loving God and giving love and only love to other people.
Success and Failure
I have been thinking and working on the masterpiece of loving God and others for nearly a week. Did anything change in my life? The primary change came in the area of my thought life. I often caught myself thinking prideful, greedy, lustful, and self-pleasing thoughts, just to name a few. I’m happy that I don’t have a sign around my neck, announcing to the world what is going through my mind all day long.
For some of the week flash prayers were helpful in drawing my thinking back to loving God and loving other people. You will recall that flash prayers are quick prayers that can be prayed throughout the day. Last Thursday’s blog post spoke more about this helpful way to pray.
What tripped me up? The “sand” illustration on Thursday was very appropriate for me this week. My thoughts were far from being full of love for God and others on Thursday through Saturday. I am hopeful that my inside condition didn’t show too much on the outside. However, if I wish more love for myself, I’m sure that is true for God, too.
The Importance of Intentionality
Intentionality is designed and planned, as opposed to being accidental. My question to myself, and to you if you’re thinking about your own masterpiece, is how designed and planned is my life? Do I have a plan and have I designed my life so I fully love God and give love and only love in every situation? Or, do I just expect it to somehow happen because I’m writing a blog article on Monday’s about it?
I have friends who every evening plan the next day’s work. It is an excellent productivity practice. When I have been in “discipline-mode,” I have used this practice myself. What better better way to end the day than by prayerfully reviewing the previous day and planning the next one? That’s the plan for this week. I will review my day, make a few journal notes, pray and plan the next day. Throughout this week, I will include any other thoughts about the masterpiece of fully loving God and others in the blog. Next Monday, I will write about the intentionality aspect of the masterpiece.
Prayers for Monday, June 26, 2017
Dear God, please help us all to see that making fully loving you and others in truly a worthy of any expenditure of effort necessary.