On guard

Yesterday I encouraged you to ground yourself in God. You’re less likely to get knocked off centre if you’re properly centred. That’s especially important in an uncertain time.

One of the ways you do that is to guard your heart. Harken Proverbs 4:23: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

If everything we do flows from our heart—including our words, actions, and whether we do or don’t bless other people—then guarding it sure makes sense!

In this case, our “heart” refers to more than just a place of feelings or emotions. It also includes our thoughts. It is our innermost self, the place where our true priorities are shaped and reside.

In the pilot movie for The Little House on the Prairie, the Ingalls have just built a simple cabin. They don’t have doors or windows yet, the cabin is that new. Therefore, a blanket hangs where the door will soon be.

In the night, the middle child, Laura, wakes up and notices that her Pa isn’t inside. He’s outside with his gun—on guard. A pack of wolves are circling the cabin. If he doesn’t do so the wolves could come in and devour everything that is most precious to him.

This should be our posture when it comes to our hearts. Minus the gun, of course! If the wrong thing gets into your heart—into your inner self—there will be pain and destruction and woe.

Haphazardness is a welcome mat for agony. Watchfulness is a welcome mat for goodness. 

Keep godliness in, and ungodliness out.

Guard your heart. For everything you do flows from it.


–“Guard your heart.” Today’s devotional is related to this sermon. Click here to access listening or watching options.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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