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Joan Mills enjoyed a bedtime ritual with her little boy. They each compared how much they loved each other. She said, “I wouldn’t trade you for all the boys in the world.” Then he creatively compared his love for her by saying, “I wouldn’t trade you for forty motorcycles,” or, “I wouldn’t trade you for Aunt Judi’s pool if it were filled with cash and I was swimming in it.” Joan says one comparison has stood out above all others. One time little Andy said, “I love you with all the pieces of my heart.” Does your heart ever feel like it’s in pieces? Maybe it has been broken by disappointment, or torn by decisions, priorities, and tasks. Andy is right, our hearts are made of many different pieces. The question is, how many of those pieces will be devoted to loving God and others? “You shall love the Lord your God with all the pieces of your heart . . .”

Passages of Light, A Guidepost Devotional, 1995, p. 2–3

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