“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets before your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. ” Deuteronomy 6:6-9
In many Bibles, this section of Deuteronomy is titled “the greatest commandment.” I read it and fear I don’t keep it as consistently as I should. I do try to start my day with devotional reading and prayer. Then all too often, I go about my errands and chores without keeping God in the forefront of my mind.
The Israelites took this very literally and created visual reminders of God, a practice that continues with some Jews today. Many Jewish homes have a mezuzah, which is a parchment inscribed with religious texts within a case affixed to the doorpost. Another example are the tefillin, or phylacteries; leather boxes attached by straps to the forearm and forehead. These boxes also contain scripture passages and are worn during prayer and worship.
Christians can have these sorts of reminders, too. We may wear a cross around our neck, place a religious picture or piece of art on our desk, maybe post a scripture verse on our bulletin board or calendar. The problem is, although these things may help for a time, we tend to stop noticing them after a while. They blend in and become part of the scenery.
What God really wants is for us to remember Him in our hearts– all the time, every day, in every activity. We need to study His word until it becomes part of our thought processes; we need to desire His company even more than we want to be with our spouse or best friend; we need to pray to Him with every breath we take.
How do you remember God as you go about your day? Lutheran ladies and readers, let me hear your suggestions!