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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"A Divided Mind"

January 29, 2003

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Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other."

Worry fragments the mind. A divided mind keeps a person from doing anything wholeheartedly. It causes inefficiency.

None of us needs to be taught to worry. It comes naturally. But it is helpful to know what causes worry. Worry is often the result of a divided mind. And indecision squanders our energies.

Someone drew a cartoon of a donkey standing between two haystacks. The aroma of the hay tantalized the hungry donkey. He would look toward one haystack and start in that direction; then he would think of the other haystack, look back, and start toward it. The outcome suggested by the cartoon was that the poor donkey, standing between the two fragrant haystacks, starved to death simply because he could never make up his mind.

A divided mind may eventually destroy us. That is why we need to have our mind fixed on the Lord. God fills our minds with serenity because He has made it possible to be at peace with Him, with ourselves, and with others. He has removed the guilt of sin. Through Christ He has provided forgiveness for all our sins. The God of peace helps us to overcome a divided mind.

PRAYER: Lord, unite our minds with Your love through Christ. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800 325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Genesis 29-30    Matthew 19

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