“Love the Lord your God. Obey him. Stay close to him. He is your life.” (Deuteronomy 30: 20, International Children’s Bible)
Here is a clear instruction for us to hear and heed. This verse tells us what to do and also why we must and can do it. It is guidance that is powerful yet very natural to us.
We can, like little children, love God, our true Parent. We can love what God is—our Creator, the Mind that knows all, the Love that enduringly loves us. We can be grateful for the beauty He has made, for the goodness that is His very nature, and for His unfailing wisdom.
Obedience is not about giving up something good in order to do and be something we don’t want to do or feel incompetent to accomplish. Obeying God is about yielding a personal and limited sense of ourselves to the Truth. It’s about humbly releasing ourselves to God’s version of us and of our lives. This leads to progress, success, and a better awareness of who we really are and of the greater possibilities.
We must stay close to God, to our Life. The mortal sense of life would try to pull us in, to make us think it knows the better way. But this limited life is less than we deserve. And to pull away from God, the immortal Life that is Love, is to miss out on our glory, our joy, on the life that is really worth living.
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