Saturday mornings are a great illustration of what it means to be intentional when it comes to Christian faith. Or as the psalmist put it, cultivating “an undivided heart.”
I, for example, am not a natural morning person. If I forget to set my alarm clock I will likely sleep till 7:30 or 8:00. And if I don’t set a second alarm (for when I mute the first one) I’m going to do it anyway.
But there are things I need to be up for. Like starting the coffee pot, and walking the dog, and getting my brain warmed up enough to be able to write. And – most importantly – engaging my spirit, and inviting God to be central to the trajectory of the new day.
Then, Saturday mornings, I honor a commitment I made to spend time with a small group of men (Robert, George, Rob, David, Ed, Grant, Tom… and sometimes a few others) to be an inspiration and an encouragement to one another.
Give me an undivided heart, Lord.
It is so easy to be distracted, and of two minds and – really – at odds with ourselves when it comes to what is important. So we get together and we do our best to put this idea into practice: “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.”
Other translations interpret “undivided heart” in the following ways:
- Unite my heart
- Direct my heart
- Make me singlehearted – or wholehearted
- Focus my heart,
- Firm up my heart
- Bind my heart
- Give me – and I love this – “a heart that doesn’t want anything more than you [God]”
For me (someone who over the years has had to learn to rely on my prescription glasses more and more) I think of “being taught God’s truth,” and “walking in God’s way” as activities that require intention and focus. And I can’t focus if I can’t see clearly. Being in a supportive environment such as my Saturday morning group is a lot like cleaning my lenses at the beginning of the day.
Give me a heart that doesn’t want anything more than you, God.
Give me an undivided heart. And how can I achieve this? Well I must begin with, “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may walk in your truth.”
Truth; not just facts. Spiritual truth only has any traction when we walk in it. – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.