The Shema tells us,
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”(a)
Soul refers to our capacity to think, feel, imagine and make decisions.
We love the Lord our God…with all our soul by aligning the functions of our soul to the will of God as revealed in His Word— by exercising the capacity of our soul in ways that demonstrate the character of God, in whose image we are created.
We also demonstrate that we love the Lord our God…with all our soul by taking good care of and nurturing our mind and our brain. The brain is the physical and the mind is the non-physical part of us that execute the function of our soul.
In a recent article, Mayo Oshin identifies nine ways that multitasking is killing our brain and diminishing our productivity.
Research is discovering that multitasking is not all that it’s cracked up to be.
In the context of the Shema, multitasking...
Michelangelo, the famous Italian sculptor, stared pensively at the shapeless block of marble.
Gouges bore evidence of previously unsuccessful attempts to create a worthy representation of David, the Biblical hero known for his courage in the face of the indomitable Goliath.
Slowly, the master circled the rough-cut mass of stone.
“A masterpiece lies hidden inside,” he muttered. “I must find it and reveal it for the world to see!”
Michelangelo chipped at the massive boulder.
With each skillful cut of his chisel, the indistinct mass took shape. Each deft stroke exposed increasing genius and magnificence.
Gradually, the youthful David emerged, a stirring masterpiece by the hand of the master.
What was Michelangelo’s secret?
When other artists saw only a common stone, like innumerable others hewn from the quarry, Michelangelo saw a unique masterpiece!
When others labored with tedious chiselling at a shapeless mass, Michelangelo patiently searched out the...