"And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart."
The whole heart thing again... which I really like, that God gives us a heart that knows him. I think that is what we need sometimes, because the current one seems to choose God only when everyone else has declined devotion. And, you know, I don't think that God deserves to be our choice of last resort. We beg at the feet of other gods, and when they spurn us, we run to our Father and say... it was you we wanted all along. But he knows better... there are pieces of our heart still out there... and we will be off again as soon as we have our token comfort and an ounce of confidence back. So, that is our question, isn't it? How do we return to God with our whole heart? We either need to reclaim all the pieces of it that we have handed out along the way... or we need a new one... which God is happy to provide. :) Not one that is incomplete, that is missing anything... but one that is intact... and again capable of true love and devotion. We'll never be able to approach God if our heart isn't whole. If we are only dedicating 20% of our mind, heart, and soul to the project... this is an all-or-nothing deal. God comes first, and when we give him our whole heart, we find that our capacity has increased a thousand-fold... and God can re-direct our love into the lives of others as well... but only if we focus our light and love on him first. Kind of like tithing... God gives us everything that we have and are, and then he asks for ten percent of our increase... in this case, he *gives* us a heart, and then he asks us to use it to love him. We can do that. And, since he is giving us this new one... let's not break it so easily this time, okay?