"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:5).
One of the most quoted verses in the entire Bible-- its value has not changed over the years. We have heard it a multitude of times, yet some of us still don't know what it really means to love God. To some, this verse can be pressuring. What if my heart, soul, and strength can't love God right now? Do I even love God, if that's the case? These questions may be looming over you as you read this passage, but trust me, you are not alone.
I know for myself, this verse ensued feelings of slight guilt and inadequacy. I really wrestled with resonating/understanding this verse, even though I had confessed my love for God a million times. I know that loving God looks like obeying His commands and giving Him my time, but how do you get yourself to genuinely want to do those things in every season? This scenario may, or may not, be relatable to you, but regardless, I am here to say that it is okay if you're not in that place-- that place where you are able to confidently say you love the Lord with all you heart, soul, and strength. The truth is, we are terribly imperfect beings and we're all going through a journey. The ability to love steadfastly is something only God can do, and although we partake in His image, sometimes loving God can be confusing or difficult.
Our disabilities only point to God's mighty strength. Sometimes, our views on how to love God can be twisted. We obsess over doing the right thing and being the perfect Christian, when what the Father really wants is to be face to face with the mess that you are. He wants to cry with you, comfort you, and do life with you. He wants you to go to Him when you feel at your worst and celebrate with Him when you're at your best. To love the Lord, is to simply be with the Lord. Slow down, breathe, and take this relationship with Christ baby step by baby step. There's no pressure for you to be at a place you're not. Simply enjoy the season you're in and revel in its sweetness-- it only gets better from here.
The first step to any relationship is to ask that person on a date, right? So today, ask God out. I know it sounds silly, but every relationship starts somewhere. Tell Him that you don't know what you feelings are, but you want to be at a place of intimacy, trust, and complete surrender-- "ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7).
If you feel like you're past the stage of asking God out, take God on a special date (figuratively, or literally if that's your thing). Take this time to appreciate Him and the qualities of God you find endearing. Reminisce your history with Him and ask for an even deeper connection.