The Shema is an ancient prayer that we find in the scriptures. “4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”- Deuteronomy 6:4-5. Jesus would have prayed this prayer growing up and used it in his teaching to his disciples. We find Jesus quoting this passage in Matthew 22:37 when he was asked about the greatest commands given to the people. “37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”- Matthew 22.37. The slight difference in language is because Deuteronomy was written in Hebrew, Jesus spoke in Aramaic, and Matthew was written in Greek but the principal is the same. Jesus instructed his disciples, and instructs us to love God, and worship God, with all of our being: with our mind, body, and soul.
Loving God with all of our being is difficult to do when we don’t even really know ourselves. Our contemplate value is about investing in the time and tools to understand who we are, who God created us to be, and how we are meant to bring God’s Kingdom to this world. We encourage tools such as spiritual gifts inventories; assessments such as the Enneagram, DISC, MBTI, and others; as well as dialogue with counselors and therapists trained to help you work through the process of self-discovery. We will help you find these resources and guide you into this important part of your spiritual journey.