My Mom held a broken piece of metal in the air. "Look at this," she said.
She and my Dad had gone to get their car washed. And when
they returned home, they found the car door handle had been broken.
Those responsible, rather than admit their guilt, had tossed the piece
on the driver's seat.
With broken piece in hand, we headed back
to the car wash.
"We have to view the video cameras," the manager
said. "Unless we see it, we can't take responsibility."
story. They glued the piece back. Cameras come in handy, don't they?
But in real life, we're all
also watched, closely and constantly. He who watches us is the loving
Father, with care in His hart, compassion in his approach and
forgiveness in His plan.
I'm glad He's watching, aren't you? This
way, we don't have to remind him of how hard the journey is. Or we don't
have to point out the areas that need fixing. He already knows, and as
He closely watches us in action, we can rest and declare out loud that
He has this.
And since He has all under control, working to bring
the perfect solution, we, in our busy world, in our flawed ways, have an
important task–to pay attention to our heart. What does it contain? Our
heart is what holds the emotions that can either break us or the
emotions that keep us running the race to victory.
And since that race run is fueled by our
heart's content, here are five coaching points right from God's Word:
1. Empty your heart of sin, or wipe out junk that doesn't please God
or resentment from the past because "Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God" (Matthew 5:19).
2. Let go the
material stuff, the superficial longings and desires of what you think
your life should be. Instead, "...store up for yourselves treasures
in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not
break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be
also" (Matthew 6:20-21).
3. Once dark emotions are tossed
out, fill your heart with life-giving praises: "I will praise you, O
LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad
and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High"
4. Though the darkest valley might cover your
security, can you be bold enough to echo these words? "But I trust
in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing
to the LORD, for he has been good to me" (Psalm13:5-6).
With unwavering faith, fill your heart with God's truth and speak His
promises upon your life. "LORD, you have assigned me my portion and
my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for
me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance"
Complete security comes when we receive that
delightful inheritance. And when our heart rejoices, the enemy retreats.
When we search our heart, God speaks healing. When we guard our heart,
evil flees. When we equip our heart with God's Word, triumph is already
you that right now, you're watching my every move. You know well how
often I let my heart be broken, shattered by adversity. But now I know
that when it's filled with what you tell me, my heart will not fear, my
life will not be ruined. And my future will not be dim, but will be
secure, hopeful and bright. In Jesus' name.
Will you take
time today and examine your heart?