This post is the fourth in a series on our new Slugs & Bugs CD Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs. The lyrics to Sing the Bible are word-for-word Scripture. I hope this series helps parents talk and think with their kids about each passage.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might. – Deuteronomy 6:5
Of all the Scriptures on this CD, Deuteronomy 6:5 is the simplest to understand. Kids learn about loving people before they learn to talk. And loving God – the one who made you and keeps you going – makes good common sense. As you can hear in the song, even the monsters grasped the concept.
I thought it would be fun to focus on “all your might” because we don’t use that word very often, and because our “might” as human beings is so limited. Think of how powerful God is, with everything from the cosmos to the hummingbird’s wings at his command, and then think of how powerful you are. (For your kids…) Can you pull a tree from it’s roots like Frankenstein? How many grocery bags can you carry? Maybe ask them to try and pick you up.
Clearly, we humans are low on might. But when seen through the lens of the gospel, this isn’t such bad news.
If God wants us to love him with all our might, and our might is puny, that means the small things matter. God wants us to love him with the small strength we have. Do you have the strength to drag a laundry basket across the kitchen floor? Does it take all your might to clean your room by yourself? Use it! It may seem like a small thing in the universe, but it’s a mighty deed in the eyes of the Lord.
Maybe it takes all your might to have patience with your little brother or sister, or to say yes to your mom saying “would you clear the table, please?” Don’t underestimate the power of the small things you can do to serve. To God, this is a very big deal.
But wait, there’s more. Individually, we are each puny weaklings. But together, we are capable of great things. We can build pyramids and tunnel under oceans. A whole family can do much more than just one kid or parent. When we do things to love and serve God together as a family, we are truly bringing all our might to the altar.
And here’s a final verse to round out the discussion…
1 John 4:19 – We love because he first loved us.