My microwave oven went on the fritz just five slim days beyond its one-year warranty!
“We’re VERY sorry,” said the store clerk, “but we can’t help you.”
I hung up the phone and started to pray. Nothing fancy or super spiritual. Just, “Lord, please protect our things.” It seemed natural enough. After all, we’re to be wise stewards of our things, right?
It hit me like a whoosh! “You need to also pray, Lord, protect my heart from things.”
Protect my heart from things…. Ok, I can handle that. I’ll think about that. Then this verse hit me:
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
Things are just things… (I know, doesn’t it sound profound?) But your heart is at the heart of it all!
Another verse…. Oh boy.
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Hmm… I have a lot of issues. If they’re going to spring out of my heart, I’d sure better protect it!
Actually, I wanted to shout, “Yay, I have a part in protecting my heart!” but I sobered up when I realized … Hey, this is a serious mandate.
We spend a lot of time protecting our things, getting insurance, washing, polishing, buffing… How much time do we invest in protecting our hearts? And HOW do we protect our hearts?
I don’t have all the answers, so I’m going to let you answer this time.
How do we guard our hearts? What does that mean?
(Oh and, don’t be afraid to put your heart out there to answer.)