October 10

TODAY IS…

an incredible day to take care of your heart.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the well-spring of life.”  Proverbs 4:23 NIV

Our heart is, literally, the “machine” that keeps us alive.

It pumps our life-giving blood throughout our bodies and re-oxygenates that which has done its work. It is a remarkable organ which is absolutely critical to our ability to live on this earth.

If we stop and think about it, our heart is even more important to our lives on earth in a spiritual sense: our heart is the seat of our emotions, thoughts, love, affection, courage, and conscience, among other things.

Not a day goes by that we are not reminded to be conscious of what we eat and the exercise we get in order to maintain the physical health of our heart. This is all important to us and we should definitely take heed. Without our heart beating faithfully within our chest, we will die.

It is equally as important to take care of our heart on an emotional and spiritual level as well.

We have all heard the expression, “He (or she) is heartless!” None of us wishes to be that person.

We have also heard “He (or she) has a heart of gold!”

That would be more like the person we all should wish to be viewed as.

For the physical health of our heart, it is a good idea to follow the advice of a doctor. Do all that is suggested to keep your heart beating strong, and staying healthy.

For the spiritual health of your heart, turn to God. Ask Him to “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 NASB).

Look to His Word to find ways to strengthen your heart and fill it full of the things that reflect the true nature and character of the Lord. Ask God for His guidance in making you a good person because, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45 NIV).

And how true that is: What you say flows from what is in your heart.

Therefore, search the Bible and pray for God’s guidance, to fill your heart with only those things that are good in the eyes of God. It will take some effort to replace all of the little things that are lurking in there which do not meet with His approval.

Be that as it may, our overall life on earth will be much improved if we take care of our heart in a spiritual sense as well as in the physical.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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