Heart attacks & taking steps back

Have you ever had a heart attack?
And no, I don’t mean the medical emergency dealing with the organ.

I mean your heart.
It is defined as the “central or innermost part of something”, “the center of a person’s thoughts and emotions, especially love or compassion” and “courage or enthusiasm”
It is your core.
It is what matters to you.
It’s that moment when your eyes light up.
It’s your passions.
It’s where love flows from.
And while that isn’t a physical thing, it is still very real.
And very dangerous when damaged or confused.

The world is very cruel and unforgiving to our hearts. It misleads them down roads they should never tread. It lies to them. It flirts with them. It uses them cheaply. It makes light of them. It puts them down. It chips away at them. It distorts them. It constricts them. It blocks them. It seeks to make them faulty and numb and incapable of their true design and potential.

Any of that sound familiar? For me it does.
I have allowed my heart at times to become swept up in a rip tide of fleeting actions, false truths, and shallow emotions. I have let the world dictate decisions that were not the worlds to make. I have sat silent at times while my heart pled for me to be vocal about a passion of mine.
But why?

Those are worldly attacks that we don’t have to listen to.
Don’t fall for those attacks and lies and excuses from the world when you have the Creator of your heart asking you to be with him. He knows your heart perfectly and completely, because He designed it. He fashioned it to be whole, full of love, and found in Him.
In order not to, however, it takes effort, and discipline, and a lot of time with Jesus.
It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Your heart is worth it. You are worth it.

Take a step back and ask:
How is your heart? Truly. How is it? Is it broken?
Where is your heart? Be honest.
Where does it rest? In the world, or in Christ?
Are you taking care of it? Are you treating your heart like it’s a part of the temple you are?

BE BOLD!
Be daring and bold and brave with your heart.
Allow yourself to be excited about life.
Have courage to try difficult and new things.
Think and speak things that convey love and truth.
Take care of your heart.

But be careful with your heart. We are told in Proverbs 4 to guard our hearts because it determines the course of our lives. Does that really sound like something to be careless with?

I encourage anyone reading this to do a heart assessment.
See where your heart is at in the aforementioned questions.
And if you’re not where you think you should be, ask God.
I mean really ask. Really talk to him.
Really build a relationship with him.
And to pray the last two verses of Psalm 139:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path to everlasting life!”
And then pray other things.
Talk to God. Seek counsel.

I can promise, if you pray that prayer, God will show up and He will answer.
Your heart was made for Jesus.

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