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Ministry Moments Blog
A devotion by Mona McDonald, Pursue Life Adult Ministry Vice President
“Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.” Proverbs 4:23
I office on the go and carry a shoulder bag that contains my work and priorities for the day. When I get overly busy, before I realize it, my bag overflows with more than what is important for the day. Sometimes I fear needing “this or that” so I cram those in my bag too. I accumulate unneeded paper, magazines, junk mail, grooming items, buried receipts, napkins filled with chewed gum and straw wrappers…real trash. Sometimes it’s so heavy and full that it spills out and I need a second bag (a suitcase, really) because I haven’t taken the time to deal with the old work, the trash or the fears of needing “this or that”. If I don’t deal with the contents on a daily basis, I no longer know what is most important and my work and priorities eventually become ineffective, exposed to many distractions and embarrassing spills.
Our heart is a wallet, a satchel, a briefcase, a handbag, even a man-bag to be filled with love, wisdom, good things and treasures. The heart can easily become a suitcase filled with hurts, wrong thoughts, deception, selfishness, foolishness, even chaos that we carry wherever we go. Sometimes we carry more in our hearts than a suitcase can hold and there is spillage. Most of the time, we have little control over what spills out. As Christ followers, our hearts are meant to spill. Paul helps us understand in Romans 5:22-23 that an overflowing heart spills out love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Does this describe the trail behind me and you or is it scattered with hate, misery, conflict, intolerance, meanness, foolishness, disloyalty, harshness and out of control behaviors?
There’s a country saying, “What’s down in the well comes up in the bucket.” Protect your heart at all costs, keep it clean and sorted. So as we go and our hearts spill over, the trail resembles the indescribable and overwhelming love of Jesus.
Father, I desperately need your help to clean up my heart so that when I do spill over, others will see Your goodness and not my chaos. Lead me to your Word every day so I can know how to guard my own heart and withstand the constant battle of the evil one to steal, kill and destroy Your work through me. Amen