[written on 1/25/14 with my left hand, during 24 hours of silence; posted in honor of Valentine’s Day!]
If you’ve gone through a whole day without loving God, trusting God, or truly focusing in on Him/tuning into His voice… then you failed your top priority of the day. The day was a failure. You got an F. You didn’t pass the test of loyalty. After all, isn’t this the greatest commandment in the Old and New Testament, and indeed the meaning of life? “Love the LORD your God with all your heart…”
If you don’t feel love for God in your heart something is wrong. Stop everything you’re doing; take off from work if you have to. Until you’re right with God, until you get to the place where you can honestly ask God to give you opportunities to proclaim His name today, to proclaim your Love. And then go out actually looking for those opportunities.
God wants us to love Him like a lover — like in Song of Songs — consumed with Him as if we have a crush. God wants me to run out through the fields to find a tree that I can carve a heart with both our initials in it.
We always put God on the shelf, getting Him out when it doesn’t conflict with anything else. But why not put everything else on the shelf until it doesn’t conflict with God? Why not love God and trust Him even if it means we die? [21514- As my friend, Spencer Argow, pointed out to me last week, the last time I saw him before he died: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in Him.” ~Job 13:15]
[I should note that writing this article is my very act of living out my advice, as this came to me during a time when I have so much stuff people want me to do, and I chose to put it on the shelf until I’m right with God again. It’s kind of corny, I know, but that’s the point!]