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Day 31 – Issue 16

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Be Still Know

Matthew 22:37 NLT

Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart…’

The world has changed significantly since I was a child – which sounds like I’m stating the obvious. Today, there is an accumulation of ‘things’, to the extent that people invest in additional storage when they have more stuff than house space and in an age when music is streamed, and e-books dispense with the need for bookshelves.

As a child, once my bedroom was full I sorted through my things, moving stuff on to create space for new interests and products. Advertisers know how to unleash power within the human heart. We all know the ‘lust’ that burns as we look to purchase a must-have. We also know how quickly such a feeling passes once we possess the product.

This need to possess something, be it product, reputation, security, is an abuse of the human heart. Our head is the source of our wants; yet our heads are poor guides to what brings us fulfilment and peace. While our minds are sources of information and knowledge, our hearts are the repository of our understanding. Only as Katey wasted away with MS did I first fully understand how much I needed and wanted her friendship for the years yet to come. Only as we talked through these painful years did I begin to reflect upon the rich deposit she had already laid within my life. A deposit I’d failed fully to appreciate even as it was being laid. Too busy pursuing success and the ego-stroking platform pleasure I craved. However, as the real source of my life faded and finally passed I recognised how diminished I was as a human being.

Returning to everyday living following Katey’s death proved a strange experience. I could no longer aspire to those things that once entranced me, however hard I tried. I felt alone, disengaged and lost. I withdrew from the cut and thrust of life hungry for something to fill my heart. Something which in fact is a someone, Jesus.

QUESTION: What does it mean for you to respond to the love of God to you?

PRAYER: Lord, may you again today be the object of my heart’s desire.

Written by: Matt Weet

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