Today’s guest blogger, Dori Beltz, is the Family Pastor at The River.

Greetings from an undisclosed location.
From where I sit I have a great view of a lot of rugs.
Too many for one room really.

Here’s the situation: my 20-yr-old daughter has moved home for a couple weeks while in between leases; she utilizes my bathroom; she uses A TON of hairspray on a daily basis; it coats my fake hardwood floor and makes it slippery…so incredibly slippery that I fear for my life when I enter the room.
So, I’ve confiscated rugs from all around the house to hide the hairspray.

Rugs are great for hiding things. Hairspray, dust bunnies, bald spots, stains…

But hiding things isn’t always such a great idea, just ask a guy named Achan in the book of Joshua, chapter 7. Things do not fair well for him when he chooses to hide a fancy robe and some silver under his tent. God is not a fan of hiding things.

In order to truly love, our rugs must be removed. 
Along my wall (incidentally above the rugs), are the words:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind & strength.”
(Deuteronomy 6:5)

ALL your heart. ALL your soul. ALL your mind. ALL your strength.

I desperately want to love Him like that! 
I’m going to take some time today to figure out what rugs I’ve been hiding under. The rugs that prevent me from loving God, and those He’s placed strategically around me, fully.

What about you? Got rugs?

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