Wednesday, November 4, 2009

guard your passions

The day is almost over, but I want to let you in on some of my thinking for the day.  Been spending some extra time preparing, listening and asking God for His heart beat.  Hear what I have heard some of today:

Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) --- Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

We have all kinds of passion in our lives.  Some of those are tiny little things were rarely think about like our urges for certain food or to watch a ball game.  Some passions are strong that are life our love for a person or passion about a certain issue.

After these passions are examined, we have to get honest.  Some of them are healthy; some are not.  Some of them are from God; some are not.  Some make us better people; some make us worse.  Some show we are healthy; some show we are sick or even perverted.  Our passions often define the kind of person we are and the kind of direction we are living in.

It concerns me that often times my passion or passions allows me to live off center or even outside of what is best, what is brightest and what makes life worth living.  Does that make sense?  Those thoughts brought me to this observation:

harnessing our passions can make us like a fine tuned engine

Do you agree?  You ladies or guys not mechanically inclined (like me) may not get that.  But when a good mechanic tunes an engine he is able to get more out of the engine.  He makes it able to do more and more powerful.  He removes some of the flaws and the problems.  His skilled hands will make that engine and car preform like it was intended to.

Therefore, when we allow our lives to be tuned by God and for God, we will preform and live like God intends us to.  My thought about guarding our passions is that when we don't guard them we are in big trouble.  When we do guard them, we are free to live a life of abundance and purpose.  What do you think?

Guard your passions!

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