“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
I have prayed those words countless times for someone close to me. I prayed that they would guard their heart against the lies of this world, against materialism, spiritual indifference and the pollution of a very sinful world.
When appropriate I would even send them a text message with those words. Guard your heart! I’m not talking about guarding your heart from the grade school crush. I’m talking about guarding it from all the lies and traps of satan and the things of this world that seek to destroy us if we get too close.
As I have prayed for and ministered to this person for a long time, I realized this morning that my own heart was not being guarded properly. I was letting the care and concerns for a loved one override my own need to guard my heart and not let anxiety and worry enter in.
As followers of Christ we are called to care for one other, to pray for each other, to encourage others and to bear one another’s burdens from time-to-time.
It was a good time for me to reflect on how I was guarding my own heart while still caring for and loving others in the body of Christ. Like the well-used example from the airlines, we need to put our own oxygen mask on before we start caring for someone else on the plane.
One of the things that immediately came to mind was that I need to memorize more scripture that pertains specifically to my walk with Christ. When I am thoroughly and intentionally taking time to memorize scripture, I can feel a difference almost immediately.
All year I have struggled with memorizing Colossians. So today – I am putting Colossians down. Maybe another time. Instead, I have really been drawn to memorize 1 Thessalonians. I am also going back to the index card method that works best for me. One verse on each card in a spiral binder like the one in the picture above.
No matter what season of life you are in or the situations and people that currently fill your days, we all need to guard our hearts. When we read the scripture and let is soak in to the depths of our hearts and minds, it will strengthen us and remind us of what is true and just and pure and praiseworthy. It will guard our heart which is the wellspring of life.
What ways do you intentionally guard your heart?