Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
The early church theologian Augustine once wrote, “Thou hast made us for thyself and our hearts are restless until we find our rest in thee.” (Augustine, Confessions) Deuteronomy 6:4-5 tells us what we were created for. We were made for God. We cannot live satisfied lives until we learn to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
We live in a world of distractions. Every day we will engage in a million little things to turn our attention from the gnawing need within our hearts. But when once you turn to the shepherd of your soul, putting aside the glittering things of the world and finding in God your true love and delight, you will never be left wanting.
Turn off the television. Put your iPod on pause. Shut down the computer. Put an end to the endless stream of irrelevant and destructive information. Do not let the world distract you any longer. Close the door, open your Bible, bend your knee in prayer, and let your soul be filled with the One who calls you to himself. The more you grow in your love for him, the more you realize the world has nothing to offer but flies and maggots.