We’re really good at that, aren’t we? Guarding our hearts, I mean. Only I’m NOT so sure we always do it in the way the author of this proverb meant!
Our hearts feel like the very center and hub of our emotions. They can take us soaring when our joy overflows! And they can drag us down to the depths of sorrow when pain strikes. God gave us emotions and He granted us hearts that respond in tenderness to a wide variety of experiences, people, and things. And He ALSO reminds us to take very good care of our hearts, because inside is what we treasure most in life.
Now, that’s a great thing when your treasure is something worth treasuring! Like say, your wedding day or the day your child was born. And don’t even get me started on the REAL wellspring of life – JESUS!!! (Remember His chat with the woman at the well?!)
But sometimes, we find ourselves treasuring the bad stuff, too. We keep it all balled up in our hearts, not making room for anything else inside, and it’s only keeping us stagnate, stuck on one moment in time, instead allowing us to grow with the love God meant us to experience throughout life.
You see, we get something all holed up in there and we wrap it up nice and tight with a lock, and then we swallow that key. Sometimes we even obsess over what we keep in there, taking little sneak peeks every so often to make sure we’ve got it under wraps and no one else can get at it. Our emotions get the better of us and instead of dealing with things in an appropriate way, we let them boss us around!
You know what I mean. Maybe someone from your past hurt you in a way you find almost impossible to forgive or even forget. So you toss that emotional experience into your heart with a big chain around it, turning it over and over and over until, the next thing you know, you are actually treating it like a treasure.
Or perhaps you were the one who did the hurting. You can’t figure out how to forgive yourself so you replay the scenes living in your heart time and time again until they become obsessions.
Emotions themselves are hard-wired into us by God so they are NOT, by design, a bad thing! God, Himself, demonstrates wide ranges of emotion throughout scripture! But we still need to operate in the Spirit in order to keep them in check and expressed in Godly, appropriate ways.
That’s why God reminds us in scripture to keep watch over our hearts, to keep the wellspring fluid, fresh, and protected! We can let go of memories and experiences tied to past hurts and out of control emotions, knowing He has given us the spiritual tools we need to remain healthy and appropriately functioning emotional beings, allowing us to choose to do what is right, regardless of how we feel.
“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (See Ephesians 6:10-17 for the FULL scoop of this amazing armor!)
Guard your hearts, my friends, from the temptation to give in to wild swings of emotion. As Holley says in Chapter 4 of You’re Already Amazing:
“It’s what we do with our emotions that matters. …God clearly wants us to use self-control through his Spirit and show love to those around us when we’re expressing our emotions. …FAITH IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EMOTION.” Holley Gerth, You’re Already Amazing, copyright 2012 (emphasis mine).
Your heart is a big deal. Let it dream, let it grow, and even let it feel the good stuff and the bad. Just don’t let it stay in one place, all locked up in worry and self-pity. Your sweet heart was never meant to go there alone!
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity”. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, copyright 1988.
Don’t you just love that?! It reminds me of our scripture for this week, telling us we can be confident that as we pursue our God-ordained purpose here on Earth, we can do so in confidence, knowing God is always working inside us to complete His amazing plans:
God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6, CEV.
Ooooo, that’s a good one, isn’t it?! You can tuck THAT one in your heart and treasure it!
Week 4 (already!) of our Fall Series 2013 is upon us! Here is whatcha gotta do this week:
- Memorize, rewrite our scripture for this week: Philippians 1:6, CEV in whatever version you like best!
- Listen to our song of the week! Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive, The Isaacs! It’s so cute! Here is a video of the quartet performing it (sorry – I think there is an ad attached to the beginning of it…)Isaacs video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69q3dVQYqLw
- Read Chapter 5 of You’re Already Amazing (it’s soooooo great!) and complete the Go Deeper Guide Questions on pages 202 and 203 in the back of the book!
Have a great weekend!
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Peace, love and glory!