WILD AT HEART
FIND YOUR HEART
PUT YOUR HEART INTO IT
ALWAYS KEEP YOUR HEART
NEVER LOSE YOUR HEART FOR GOD
GUARD YOUR HEART FOR OUT OF IT ARE THE ISSUES OF LIFE
LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, SOUL, STRENGTH, AND MIND
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that those sayings (and others like them) have nothing at all to do with the ticker in our chest. One of my life desires is to help others find their heart. Even as I write that, I am well aware of the struggle within my own life to keep my heart pure and desiring God.
WHAT. DOES. IT. MEAN. TO. KEEP. YOUR. HEART. FOR. GOD?
Plain and simple: it means that I keep pursuing after God. My thoughts, mind, actions are focused upon Him and His desire for me. I have to admit that I am not the poster boy for this type of pursuit. Sure, I have my moments where going after God is what I long for and live for. But more often than not, I get waylaid. I get side-tracked. I take the road everyone else is traveling instead of the one Scot Peck tells us to take: “the road less traveled.” I have a plaque at home that graces the living room wall. I saw it one day and liked it so well that my daughter and son-in-law bought it for me one Christmas. You have probably seen the saying by Hilary Cooper:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
How can I say this without understating it: that literally blows my socks off. Do you realize the impact it would have on my/your life if we lived every day as though we truly believed it? I rode over 23 miles yesterday with a friend, and it was a hard ride for me. Temps were close to 100 and the heat index over that. A wind was blowing out of the north. It seemed like every pedal was a chore. There are several reasons for that, but when we were done I looked at Sean and said, “I feel old today.” Truth is this: whether you are 58 (I am), 28, 38 or whatever, you can let life pull you down and kick you in the teeth or you can say, “No! Today, with God’s help and in His power, I am going to live life to the fullest!” We are the ones who choose daily the direction we will take. We choose daily whether the direction we take will involve compromise of our standards and beliefs, or whether we will stand strong.
WE. MUST. CHOOSE. WHAT. WE. WILL. DO. WITH. OUR. HEART!!!
Do you find yourself struggling with the direction of your heart these days? Do you find it compromising with extra “stuff” around you? Are you having trouble choosing purity and integrity? I am not going to ask you to bare all here…that is between you and God, unless you want an ally to pray for and with you. If you want to have an ally, but don’t want to go public, send me a personal email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can promise anonymity. If you care to comment, please feel free to do so.