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.'" ~Matthew 22: 37-39
Last week, I officially begin physical therapy at an outlet called Benchmark. My coach, Stephanie, is nothing but helpful and encouraging as I try each new exercise she introduces. The routines seem, on the surface, to be innocuous. And I wonder - how can such simple movements lead to rehabilitation? Will these really increase my strength, mobility and balance?
But as I pursue these routines and try new ones, I begin to realize that the simpler way is the best path to take. Not just in physical exercise, but in spiritual exercise, too.
Jesus main message to us is as simple and straightforward as it can get: We are to love God first, and love our neighbor as ourselves. Period. No ifs, ands or buts.
No unnecessary complications.
Yes, the daily humbling of ourselves to follow these commandments may seem repetitive, but it is all working toward a greater good - honoring God in all things. And who doesn't want to do that?
There's nothing wrong with reading devotionals, participating in Bible study or reading God's Word. In fact, it's icing on the cake when we don't take our eyes off the real prize.
But, keeping it simple goes a long, long way in our journey with Jesus. Let's not overcomplicate things when His message is so clear and concise.
Yes, let's keep it simple; simply about God.