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With All Your Heart
by Tom Norvell
I have always been drawn to people who give it their whole heart. No matter what the it is, I like folks who give it their all:
On the other hand, I am easily frustrated with and completely turned off by those who do things halfheartedly:
I like people and things that are done with the whole heart, so I get down on myself when I slip into a mode of doing things halfway:
How do I get there? What do I need to learn, or re-learn, that will help me to live my life with my whole heart?
Here are three passages that remind me that I need to give my whole heart:
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, Of all the commandments, which is the most important?
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. (Colossians 3:23-25, NIV)
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of Gods creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarmneither hot nor coldI am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:15-16, NIV)
I look forward to the day when I give my whole heart to everything I do. When I write, I will put my whole heart into the writing process. When I preach I will put my whole heart into the sermon. When I listen I will give my whole heart to the person speaking. When I worship I will give my whole heart to the Lord. I am not there yet, but I am working on it. I want to live with my whole heart. I hope you will give your whole heart to the Lord and join me in trying to live that way, every day!
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