From the Heart

| 26 May 2020

Have you had your heart checked recently? I’m not talking about your blood pressure or an EKG. I’m talking about the kind in Psalm 51:10. That verse took on new meaning for me not long ago and it is the same heart condition that Paul is speaking of in Ephesians 6:6. Have you been working for Christ “with all your heart?” Or does your heart need a tune-up?

This time in quarantine has been the best and worst of times for me and maybe for you. My relationship with the Lord has deepened as I’ve grown more dependent on Him every day. Yet even with that and maybe because of it, there are days when I’ve felt attacked on all sides. One particular day started out well. I spent time with Him, I felt and expressed gratefulness, and I was working with joy. Then it seemed like things started going downhill and before I knew it I was in a place where I felt like the world was spinning out of control. Kind of like a race car speeding around the track and suddenly bumped, causing it to lose control and crash. That is exactly how I felt — I hit the wall. The worst part was that I didn’t even understand completely why I felt so discouraged and depleted. Then a coworker encouraged me, not even knowing how I was feeling, and the dam burst. I poured out my heart to Jesus, the only One who really knows and understands me. He reminded me of Psalm 51:10, ”Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” and I prayed that verse as I cried and asked for His forgiveness and help. Sounds too easy doesn’t it? It should be easy to just be honest with Him and ourselves when we jump off the track, and need Him to help us see the problem. 

Ever been there? Life is full of twists and turns and sometimes the little crack or pebble in the road not dealt with can set off a chain reaction that leads to disaster until God intervenes.

Paul instructs us to do everything  “with all your heart.” (Eph 6:6 NLT). The heart is the control center of mind and will as well as emotion. Colossians 3:23 says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord …”  

We are all called to be servants for the Lord, and He has given us the miraculous power through His Holy Spirit to do anything and everything as if doing it just for Him. You can make the choice to tap into that power and run the race set before you with your whole heart.

By Deb Hill
Executive Admin Assistant



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