Fresh Hope – 20th May 2020

Your heart is possibly the most important thing about you! I’m not talking about the organ beating inside your chest, I’m talking about the heart as your centre of hidden emotional-intellectual-moral activity.

Your heart plans, makes commitments, desires and decides. It is your inner forum where decisions are made after deliberation. It is where a person engages in self-talk.

The Bible says that while people focus on outward appearance, God is searching our hearts. (1 Samuel 16:7, Jeremiah 17:10).

Our words create our world, and our words echo what’s going on in our heart. It all starts with the heart.

PROTECT IT against bitterness, GUARD IT against attitudes, CHECK IT against the Bible, EDUCATE IT by filling it with God’s word (Proverbs 22:17-18), and OPEN IT to what is good!

Fight for a healthy heart. ‘Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life’ (Proverbs 4:23).

Before we start trying to make modifications to our life from the outside, let’s start with the inside. Let’s start with the condition of our heart.

Consider, what does our inner world look like? Our outer world manifests what started in our inner world. A healthy heart springs out to a healthy life.

I wonder what our lives would be like if we invested as much time on our heart as we did outward appearance. Studies show that on average we spend about 30 minutes a day getting ready. 30 minutes, ensuring we look outwardly presentable. Imagine if we took just half that time, each day, to examine our hearts and inner world? Our outer world would truly be transformed! The Bible speaks many times about self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:28-32, 2 Corinthians 13:5, James 1:23-25, Lamentations 3:40).

Busy lives often keep us from facing the issues of our heart and inner world. As many of us are now in self-isolation, with perhaps some extra time on our hands, let’s use this season to process and consider the rooms of our heart. Many of you have been re-decorating, clearing out lofts, and cupboards lately. Maybe it is time to do a bit of that kind of work on our heart, and consequently – life. What needs to go? What needs to be re-built? What needs to have a break? What needs to grow? Once you have identified it, put in some practical steps to see it happen. It is time to work on some private matters, so when we go public, we are better than ever!

Emma Burchell

A daily devotion for a better way of living.