"Above all, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." - Proverbs 4:23
We live in a world that is famished for joy and starving for hope. There is so much injustice and anger and frustration, so much hatred and yelling, so many loud, brash opinions from all directions that constantly bombard us.
And a heart that is bombarded can easily become a heart that is overwhelmed, if we're not careful. And an overwhelmed heart is a sick heart--it's a heart that is out of balance, out of rhythm, and not functioning at peak efficiency. The body doesn't rest well if the heart is out of sync. The state of the heart's wellness determines the state of the person's wellness. And hearts are fragile. But we take them for granted and expose them to all sorts of environments.
Heart murmurs are a sign of abnormality for the physical organ. They can denote underlying heart problems. People will heart murmurs have them monitored regularly.
Have you listened to your heart lately?
Guarding my heart means being aware of its state. It means being watchful to what I let in, what I let stay, and what I release. There are a lot of messages in the world and a lot of clamor, but if the clamor stays too long in the heart, unrest sets in. Unforgiveness. Bitterness. Envy. Anger. Hatred. All sorts of heart murmurs can signal trouble. Our hearts can murmur and complain about the state of our nation, our politicians, our politics and society, or they can be grieved and then determined to make a difference in a loving way, remembering that actions speak louder than words.
How's your heart these days? Is it a source of joy and comfort to a world that needs it? Is it still soft and kind? Are you guarding a flame of hope within it? Could you be the Good Samaritan if called upon to do so? Could you love someone you vehemently disagree with? If you heart is in constant unrest from social media, do you need to step away from the clamor for a while?
Take some time and listen to your heart; what's it saying about the state of your soul?
How can your heart be a bucket of joy to a dry, thirsty world?
Dear heart, in the darkness, let us remember that light is needed over sound.