Tuesday, August 16, 2016

emotions & guarding our hearts

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Death of a family member of close friend.  Wedding.  Terminal illness.  Loss of job.  Divorce.  Debt.  Traumatic event.

All of those have a thin line that connects them. That line is high emotion and stress.  There are things that happen to us, around us and with us that take us in directions that are so uncomfortable.  They literally change us.

In my sermon Sunday I quoted some thing I heard that applies or proves this: life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you response to what happens.  But the problem is that we often live the total opposite way.  We too much think that what happens to us determines our worth or directs our lives completely.

Fact is only what God says is true of us is what matters.  We must believe first what God says and then respond to all that happens to and around us from God’s point of view.  God sees further.  God holds our lives and our future. 

When we let our emotions guide us, we will not be grounded in truth.  We will be flooded with things that keep us from following God.  You have to balance happenings with truth.  We have to let God’s truth overshadow it all.

Some things should be researched, discovered and then pushed aside.  Other things should be looked at deeply and applied to our lives.  It is a big deal to follow God.

Don’t let emotions determine the direction of your heart.  See the verse above that says guard your heart!  The next verse reminds us that emotions are a part of life and something we share with others.

Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.

You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.

Let God direct it all.  Emotions are part of life, and they really are good.  But don’t let emotions wreck you for the long haul.  God has an awesome plan.

Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

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