by Kristen C. Strocchia
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30
Most people are aware of their own strength. How much they can lift. How far they can run. What other exertion they can tolerate to what extent and for how long. And we tend to stay within these limits, because we know that pain awaits on the other side. With training, we can increase our personal strength threshold, but we can never completely erase the limitation of our humanity.
And we should take care of our bodies out of love for our Creator. We only get one physical being to carry us through this world. How we care for it–or not–often determines which physical limitations we will face in life. Though it is appointed to every one to die once [Hebrews 9:27], it is not required of us to be frail and ill in our senior years.
When we have our health and strength, we are much more able to be about the Lord’s work. But what about when our health is failing? What about when our strength isn’t strong enough? Even in our best moments, God may ask us to do more than we are personally capable of, because in our weakness He shows Himself strong [2 Corinthians 12:9].
Whatever we are capable of, we are to use all of it to love–a choice of will–the Lord our God. Each breath. Each stand. Each step. If we run, we run to delight in Him. If we jump or dance, we do so to glorify Him as our Creator. If we train our bodies to excel in athletics, we should do so to honor Him alone. If we lift our arms, we should lift them to praise or to bring praise to the Lord our God.
And if He asks us to push beyond our known limits, then we choose to love Him in all our human weakness so that He may show Himself strong, both to us and to the world around us.
Are you loving God with all of your strength? Do you give glory to Him in your weakness?