Sterling Brown, Director of Character Development, Kennesaw State University Athletics
READ Proverbs 4:20-23
Recently, a mild scare landed me in the urgent care with medical professionals asking questions, hooking me up to all kinds of devices and taking blood samples. The problem: I was experiencing dizziness, shortness of breath, and the scariest of all…chest pain. When it comes to the heart, we don’t mess around.
Solomon was “the wisest man that ever lived.” He had wealth, women, power, status and influence. He had all the things men today seem to be chasing. Yet by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the author identifies one thing that must take precedence in our lives.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Whether it’s getting oxygen to our brains, experiencing the world through our senses, the mobility of our bodies, etc., every aspect of life is affected by what the heart supplies. This could not be truer for our spiritual heart as well. When you’re encouraged, loving, prayerful or generous, it’s flowing from the heart. Unfortunately, men can stay so busy that our spiritual heart gets neglected.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a CEO, a coach, computer engineer, or custodian, if the enemy can get at your heart, he’s already won. Time in God’s word and transparency with godly men can act as a guardian for your spiritual heart. They can strengthen you when you’re tempted or you find yourself battling discouragement. They can remind you of who you are in Christ and help you gain momentum in your calling.
I encourage you to guard your heart with greater diligence than you guard your body, your bank account, or your business. That’s what really matters.
“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:3 NIV)
Father, with all the blessings, opportunities and challenges in my life, help me to remember the one thing that is most import: to guard my heart. You’ve given me the same Spirit that allowed Jesus to overcome temptation, opposition and even death; may I live to glorify your name from the inside out. Amen.
Time in God’s word and transparency with godly men can act as a guardian for your spiritual heart. @Real_Momentum App