Love the Lord your God with all you have; with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. As you do this it will not be a chore but a joy to pass down God’s teachings to your children, grandchildren, and to people God has blessed your life with. As we love completely and know that we are completely loved, we will be filled with the desire for others to have an opportunity to love in these good ways too. God gave us life and blessings and purpose. Moses emphasized the importance of not forgetting such a valuable truth.
The Shema, the confession of Jewish faith in God alone, found in portions of Deuteronomy chapters 6 and 11 and in Numbers chapter 15, adds further details that describe how one is to live as a follower of God. Moses ended this chapter by saying, “And the Lord our God commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear him so he can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as he has done to this day.” Righteousness (a good and right way of life) is a blessing to those who carefully follow God’s commands. We fear what we cannot control. Wisdom comes when we realize that it is God whom we cannot control, but we do not need to control Him because He is trustworthy. These are good lessons to pass on to the generation that will follow. May others not only hear our words but see our actions as we follow God wholeheartedly.