When His disciples asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus told them, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. (Matthew 22:37-38)
And we may nod along and agree with Jesus, but do we live it in our own life? Why not? Often it is because we hold on to tightly to the things that we want, the things of the world. We fear that if we truly love God with all our heart, soul, and mind we will have to give up anything that is not of God – and we don’t really want to do that.
So we try to have the best of both worlds, by having one foot in the world and one foot in God. We have the freedom to indulge in worldly desires and the freedom to worship God. But is that true freedom? Will that make us happy?
Recently on Heart to Heart, Mother Miriam discussed the truth of having one foot in the world and one in God – and how we can let go of fear to find true freedom. She said:
“As long as we have one foot in the world and one foot in the Church, we will be, as the apostle Paul says, ‘Of all people, most miserable.’
If I live fully in the world and all its enjoyments and all its pleasures and all of that, I’m just fine. Of course, I’m not heading for eternity with God, but I’m fine. But if I decide to get religious and decide to be OK, but I still have one foot in the world and one foot in God, I will be tremendously miserable. Because the flesh will always pull me away from God. And my guilty conscience mixed with the Holy Spirit will pull me to God. I will be living in two different worlds and my flesh will probably win. Either that or I’ll be quite unhappy.
We can’t live that way. We have to live completely one way or another. Maybe that’s why Jesus said you’re either hot or cold, and if you’re lukewarm I spit you out of my mouth. Because to be lukewarm you may think you’re OK when you’re not. It’s very deceiving.
The only way to be free, the only way to be happy in this life, not only in the next, is to give God your all. Return to the one who created you for Himself. Not a piece of you, but all of it. Let God make you into the beautiful woman, or the beautiful man, or the beautiful child He created you to be. And that will be beyond anything you could ever ask for or ever even think. It’s so terrific.
I’ve never been so free in my life as I am now. I’ve never been so free. I’ve been on my own since I was 17, I ran two companies in New York, I had a very lively social life. No one could tell me what to do, thank you very much. Nobody! You think I was free? Absolutely not. Inside I was miserable, I didn’t have a reason to exist, didn’t know why mankind was on the earth.
And now I’m bound up in a habit – a black and white habit, head to foot. And I’m Catholic, which means I have all those rules on me. And I’m the happiest camper in the world. Because the truth sets us free, and I am freer than I’ve ever been. And the greatest freedom is the freedom to be us, to love God, and to be able to receive His love. And to desire what is of God rather than what is of the world.”
Listen to more wisdom from Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God below:
Heart to Heart with Mother Miriam airs weekdays from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Pacific on Immaculate Heart Radio.