How’s your heart?

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

If we knew we had a physical heart condition, we would most certainly want to see a cardiologist for treatment. But what about our heart, the one that beats our character and integrity?

Last Sunday, my Uncle had a heart attack. It scared us all; we did not know if he was going to survive. Thankfully, as my Aunt and I prayed, the doctor came in and told us that he was stable and with treatment, he would recover. Since that day, I have thought of two things. One, I’m more determined to eat healthier, exercise, and to see my doctor regularly for good heart health. Then two, what about my other heart health?  I asked myself a few hard questions:

  • Is my relationship with Christ as close right now as it was the day I was saved?
  • Am I participating in activities that reflect a heart for the Lord?
  • How are my conversations with others? Gossip? Language? Kindness? Respectful?
  • What am I saying on my Social Media?
  • Can I say that I consistently go to Scripture and prayer for every day guidance?

There are a few areas in my life that the Lord is showing me I must guard carefully:

  • Music
  • Movies/Television
  • Books
  • Social Media
  • Conversations

To guard my heart, I must be a gatekeeper to those things I allow inside my heart. Is the music I am listening to glorifying Jesus? What about the movies and television programs that I watch? Are they filled with sexual content or language? Are my conversations with others full of kindness, goodness, or self-control? I am finding it is mandatory that I guard my heart and say no to those things that won’t do my heart good.

There was a time I thought it didn’t do me any harm. So, I did a fast of sorts. I spent 30 days not listening to anything on the radio but my favorite Christian station. If I watched TV I would ask myself, “Would I watch this with Jesus?” I QUICKLY noticed that my conversations were more Christ centered, my heart was filled with JOY and my words were full of GOODNESS, then SELF-CONTROL was the evidence of a guarded heart. I didn’t want to watch those shows anymore, I didn’t want to listen to those same songs anymore, I steered my conversations in a different direction, and best of all, I heard Jesus speak clearer than ever before.

How about you? How’s YOUR heart?

Till next time,

Shana

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