Thursday, October 1, 2009

Staying on Guard

Proverbs 4:23 (God’s Word Translation)
Guard your heart more than anything else because the source of your life flows from it.

When I think about guarding my heart, one of the things I picture is a little guard watching what I allow in my mind! Fleeting thoughts will come and go, but it’s what I dwell on that will enter my heart.

Every day we will have an opportunity to be offended or to just think negative thoughts concerning something that is going on. It’s just a fact of life. We may not be able to change our circumstances or what other people do or say, but we can choose how we think about it and react.

How do you handle negative things that come your way? For me, I pray and hold them up to God. He will give me the ability to either leave it in His hands or give me wisdom to know how to handle the matter.

If I am really struggling to forgive someone or just get bogged down with life, journaling helps me sort it all out. I journal on the computer in the form of a prayer and sometimes it’s not very pretty! In fact, when I go back and re-read it, it’s no book I want to remember. So I hit the delete button and start all over again in a more positive way – and by this time my entire perspective is different.

If I dwell on negative things or just bury them, they do not go away. When I visited Ireland a few years ago for a missions trip, we were told not to drink the water because the pipes were contaminated in certain areas of the building. In the same way, if I allow negative things like unforgiveness to dwell in my heart, what flows out will pollute others. Instead, I want my pipes clean so God can flow through me to refresh those I come in contact with.

Matthew 12:34: …For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.

2 comments:

  1. Debbie
    I was with a friend today and we were discussing this very verse about guarding our hearts, and then I saw that it was the focus of your entry! It is so true!
    Thanks!
    Connie

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  2. How funny/interesting/GOD inspired that you wrote on the topic “guarding your heart.” At my church, I am doing the Beth Moore Bible study on Esther. This week’s key scripture is “Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest, proper, and noble in the sight of everyone. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone . . .” (Romans 12) I wrote this on the blog I created for prayer request and the very next day, b/c of my erratic sleep schedule, I became very aggravated and impatient with Scott. I failed to guard my heart!

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