Saturday, July 18, 2009

Singleness of Focus

From Paul David Tripp's A Shelter in the Time of Storm:
Do you live with singleness of focus? Is your life shaped, structured, and directed by the pursuit of one glorious, fulfilling, heart-satisfying thing? Or is your life a picture of a constantly changing narrative of fickle affections careening from one hope to the next?

You see, you don't live by instinct. Your life is directed by the thoughts and motives of your heart. You are always interpreting, and you are always desiring. You live in perpetual pursuit of something. You are always evaluating your progress toward that thing that you think will give you life. You are always in the possession of and in the service of some kind of dream. Maybe this is the best way to say it: you are living for something.

Which begs the question: what are you living for?

One thing I have asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
Psalm 27:4

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