Tuesday, April 30, 2013

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: GUARDING YOUR HEART

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverb 4:23

The Bible tells us to guard our hearts and I've often wondered what exactly that meant. Our heart is where the Holy Spirit resides if we are religious and the heart is a very essential organ physically. There are two entities of the heart the spiritual heart of a man and the physical heart of a man. I think it is important to protect both but in this blog I will be talking about the physical heart. 



There are 3 reasons why you should guard your heart:

1. Your heart is extremely valuable.

We don’t guard things that are worthless. Here’s an example: I take my garbage to the curb every Tuesday night and It is picked up on Wednesday morning. It sits on the sidewalk all night, completely unguarded. Why? Because it is worthless. This is not the case when It comes to your heart. It is the essence of who you are. It is your authentic self and the core of your being. It is where all your dreams, your desires, and your passions live. It is that part of you that connects with God and other people. Your heart is the most valuable part of your body; without it, you would not be alive. People can be brain dead and still live but without your heart you die.

2. Your heart is the source of everything you do

Your heart is the course of everything in your life. It over flows into your thoughts, words, and actions. Likewise if your heart is unhealthy it has an impact on everything. It threatens your family, your friends, your ministry, your career, and, indeed your legacy. It is, therefore, imperative that you guard it.

3. Your heart is constantly under attack

Whether it is a guy trying to sweet talk his way into the bedroom with you or a fight with a family member, your heart is being poked at. This is a lot of pressure for one organ isn't it? I will use the example of Medieval Times. Picture a knight. He has on protective armor and carries a huge shield. Why? Because he is prepared for the day when he might be under attack. He wears all that armor to protect himself from getting hurt. The same applies with your heart. It must be guarded and prepared for that attack. 

There are other things we can do to guard our hearts. One thing we can do is not to act in ways that will cause excessive emotions. This could be sexual acts or mental acts. Also you should not get involved with people that can not openly be involved with you. This would include dealing with someone already in a relationship or with someone who has not clearly stated what it is they want from you or their intentions. Dealing with people who are not emotionally stable or are confused about what they want are ways to expose your heart. It is best to discuss intentions and future plans prior to making the decision on whether or not to move forward with the friendship or relationship. In terms of relationships, until the person has committed to you by marrying you, you should expect anything from anyone. When you start to expect and assume that a person is going to do certain things or be a certain way, you're exposing your heart to the opportunity to get hurt. If you want to survive as an individual, you must guard your heart. This is more important than you can possibly imagine. If you lose your heart, you have lost everything...

This post was written by Taja of As Told By Taja. Follow Taja on Twitter @Ms_Everythingg and on Instagram @MsEverythingg. 

SMOOCHES XOXO

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