The more I read the Bible, the more I’m learning about Jesus and the way He lived. And I’m learning more about how I should live. There are some things that have surprised me and some things I already knew. I remember when I was little, I would learn passages and prayers from the Bible and I would know them by heart. I would go to Bible school and to mass most Sundays. But as I grew up, these habits started disappearing. My family and I would go to church every now and then or for a special occasion, but it was no longer a habit.
It’s interesting to see how, as we grow up and have a family of our own, we can get caught up in a routine and forget about what really matters. I have coworkers that have said they would rather be working than spend their day at home with their wives and children. Little children can certainly be hard work but I would rather be home with them and my husband than working.
And that is why today, I went back to the basics and read the 10 Commandments. It is a basic guide as to how God would like us to live, and here’s the list, from Exodus 20:3-17:
- You must not worship any other gods except me.
- You must not make any idols.
- You must not use the name of the Lord your God to make empty promises.
- You must remember to keep the Sabbath a special day.
- You must honor and respect your father and your mother.
- You must not murder anyone.
- You must not commit adultery.
- You must not steal anything
- You must not tell lies about other people.
- You must not want to take anything that belongs to another person.
So here they are, and they seem fairly basic to me but I know these commandments get broken every day unfortunately all around the world. It just a matter of turning the news to hear about them. But if we decide to uphold these commandments, to live by them, we can make a difference in the world and make it a better place even if it’s just around us. We can stop gossipping, we can stop desiring what we don’t have, we can start respecting our parents, and we can start worshipping God more often.