An Undivided Heart Makes Dreams Come True.
19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. 21 Ezekiel 11
I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them. Jeremiah 32:39
One of the interesting things in these passages is that this heart, the undivided heart, singleness of heart is a gift God gives.
Give it to me, Lord.
It is truly a gift because of the immense amount of stress it saves. There is nothing worse than a divided heart and attention.
Matthew Arnold describes this in “The Scholar Gypsy”
For what wears out the life of mortal men?
‘Tis that from change to change their being rolls;
‘Tis that repeated shocks, again, again,
Exhaust the energy of strongest souls
And numb the elastic powers.
Thou hadst one aim, one business, one desire;
Free from the sick fatigue, the languid doubt,
Which much to have tried, in much been baffled, brings.
O life unlike to ours!
Who fluctuate idly without term or scope,
Of whom each strives, nor knows for what he strives,
And each half lives a hundred different lives;
That is where blessing and breakthroughs happen–in the undivided heart, the single heart, focussed on one thing. Over the last 4 years, we have had three kettles on the hob. Though I was not really writing, I longed to be. Roy was a mathematician.And we had a family publishing business.We have now decided to reduce these things to 1, writing.And what an immense, immense relief that is. And how much blessing and breakthrough it has brought. Dreams are never brought to birth in divided personalities!!