Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11 (NIV)
Half My Heart
There is something I will not give to you. There is something that I am sure you don’t want from me. There is something that I am positive you will not accept from me. What is that? I will not give you half my heart. You don’t want half my heart. In this case half of something is not better than nothing. Why is that? Giving half my heart would leave me pulled in two different directions. Being pulled in two directions is no way to live. It is painful. It is exhausting. It is unproductive and unfulfilling. There is no hope or peace or joy or hope in living life with a divided heart. You want something so much more for me. You want something so much better for me. What’s that? You will accept nothing less from me than my giving my whole heart to you. Do I want your whole heart because I am demanding? Do I want your whole heart because I am controlling? Do I want your whole heart because I am jealous? No, you want my heart because you love me with all of your heart. You want what is best for me. You want me to live the life you have called me to live. You want me to be to go where you have called me to go. You want me to do what you have designed me to do. Anything less would be a tragedy. Living any other kind of life would leave me filled with regrets. Like what? Living a half-hearted life would leave me wondering what I could have been and done for you. I would ask, “What fruit could I have born for your kingdom or what glory could I have brought to your name?” Another thought I might think, “Who would be in heaven if I had only lived with my heart fully devoted to you?” “How could you have used me in your service if my heart and mind were undivided and set fully on you?” You will not have to wonder. You will not have to think of what could have been. I will hear and answer the prayer that is the desire of your heart. I will give you an undivided heart. I will make you able to live your life fully with and for me. You will go where I guide you. You will do what I ask of you. You will indeed bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. You will shine brightly in the world for me. Others will come to know and love and follow and serve me because they will have seen my life being lived out in and through you. That is my heart’s desire. That is my prayer. That is very good. Your prayer will be answered. Thank you, Lord,
Lord, in the past my heart has been divided between many conflicting and competing priorities. Now I want a heart that is undivided. I want to love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Give me an undivided heart for you. Amen
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