When you realise that God sets our lives right by setting our hearts right, then you realize just how important it is to have a right and healthy heart. It’s basically as simple as saying that our lives will never be right if our hearts are not right.
Having a healthy heart is not just a destination that we arrive, it’s a direction and journey that we continue to push in as we deal with new variables of life every day.
Here are three things to look out for in your heart this week. They might present to you areas where you feel far off and you need to take steps to align, or perhaps make a point of duty to pray them into your heart. Again, you might even need to have a conversation with a trusted voice about some area where you need help.
My encouragement is that you do whatever you need to get your heart healthy, because that’s where your whole life springs out of (Proverbs 4:23)
Check 1: A Heart That is Honest, but Hopeful
This week, make sure that your heart is totally honest and not in denial. Don’t douse away the realities of where you are or who you are. Don’t even distract yourself and hide away from reality. Maybe you’ve got huge deadlines to meet. Maybe you’re far off some target. Maybe you’re in a struggle. Maybe you’re really broke…
Be absolutely honest with yourself.
But being honest doesn’t mean being hopeless.
Because of who Jesus is to you as a Christian, you’re never without hope! To live in hope is to remind your heart of His promises to you. If you’re a christian, you have the assurance of God being for you and that’s honestly more than enough.
Look out this week for a heart posture that is fully honest and at the same time, fully hopeful.
Check 2: A Heart That is Content, But Not Satisfied
If you’re not Adam and Eve that basically walked around the garden to pluck any fruit they wanted, whenever they wanted it, in whatever size they wanted it, and all that- there are probably one or two things that you need in life and don’t have yet. Okay, maybe not one or two- let’s say three or four… Maybe your mind is actually reading that as four thousand things, or four million Naira.
It’s totally understandable. It’s the human condition. It might not even be a greed thing, just a survival thing.
But can I encourage you this week to take on a heart posture of contentment. It’s okay to be reaching for more, but it’s not okay to be ungrateful for where you are now.
You may not have all you want to have, but be honest, you have more than you merit having! Contentment is all about being grateful for the here and now, on your way to the there and then. It’s all about you seeing the beauty in the here and now, even as you dream of the there and then.
You may not live in your dream house yet, but be grateful to have a roof over your head. You may not have all the designer wears you want, but don’t just wear what you have now, wear a smile with it. Don’t be angry at the taxi driver for no reason. You’ll get your car, okay- but be delightful and be a blessing to every commercial transporter while you pray and expect your car.
Let this be a week where your heart is established in contentment, and driven by fresh vision.
Check 3: A Heart That is Childlike, But Not Childish
Hello Super man /Super woman! I know you’re all macho and strong, but make sure this week you are tender at heart to Jesus! Don’t be all macho and superwoman that you lose the delight of being a child of God! When last did you call God ‘Father’ and really think about what that means.
Be God’s child – tender, willing to obey, surrendered to be cared for.
But hey, don’t be childish! Don’t act silly this week. Don’t repeat avoidable mistakes. Don’t go through days sluggishly and without a plan. Don’s be weak hearted, moaning and whining over little things.
Get it? Be childlike, but mature!
Praying you a great week where you’re strongly hearted for all God’s purpose. Make a deliberate choice to be healthy in your heart, no matter the variables that you’re up against.