“Moreover, the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, in order that you may live. … See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, that I am commanding you today, by loving the LORD your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the LORD swore to give your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30:6, 15-20
A Lenten assessment faces us/me in this passage. In which direction am I facing? Where is my heart’s desire? Do I love God first, with all of my being; or is there something(s), someone(s) that divert my attention? Is my focus on life or death? Am I found or lost? This affects more than just me, but my family, my children and their children and all who follow after me. It affects my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the Spiritual family I am a part of. O Lord, that I would always choose you, choose life so that all who follow me may live with you in the land you choose!