I figured it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything, and because I can’t seem to finish anything I’ve begun writing, I should just start posting my thoughts from my morning devotion. Being that I am in the middle of the world (somewhere around 0° 0′ 0″ N, 0° 0′ 0″ E to be exact), it’s also a good place to calibrate my mental meter and begin sharing some useful stuff. So, here you go!
Proverbs 4:23-27 (NIV):
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
Life Application (Zondervan & Tyndale):
Our heart – our feelings of love and desire – dictates to a great extent how we live because we always find time to do what we enjoy. Solomon tells us to guard our heart above all else, making sure we concentrate on those desires that will keep us on the right path. Make sure your affections push you in the right direction. Put boundaries on your desires: don’t go after everything you see. Look straight ahead, keep your eyes fixed on your goal, and don’t get sidetracked on detours that lead to sin.
I know that the direction of my life is towards Jesus – that’s where my feet are going. When opportunities arise, I must consider whether they will take me off course and guard my heart accordingly. I must also consider who I spend time with. Do my friends contribute to positive growth of my actions or do they develop habits that I don’t want to model?
I pray you can see that having direction is vital to guarding your heart and guarding your heart is important above all else.
This is where we are at right now, heading towards the sunset. Photo Cred: Josh Callow