So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:24 (TPT)
Creating Space – A Sunday Challenge
How do you guard your heart?
What does that look like to you?
What does it mean?
We live in a world full of distractions with easy access to self-medication. We can distract ourselves from the condition of our innermost being with anything from Netflix to alcohol to work. There is always more to do, more to watch, somewhere to go, things to buy… we can fill up our days and minds and hearts with stuff and never allocate time and space to take stock and pay attention to what is happening within us.
I lived a lot of my twenties this way. Doctors tried to get me to see that I had issues with anxiety and depression, but I never paid attention. I worked harder, prayed more, tried to ‘do’ better… and all that lead to was a blow out of my health in every sphere: physical, mental and spiritual.
Now, guarding my heart looks like taking the time to pay attention to it. Creating space and quiet to listen and evaluate. Finding trusted friends and physicians who are committed to my health, listen to my rantings, and gently guide and correct when I need it.
One thing that has made a HUGE difference in my life is meditation. DON’T FREAK OUT. Meditation is an ancient practice, and our Christian heritage is rich with it. There are heaps of Apps that will take you through Christian contemplative prayer, and other non-religious apps that will take you through meditation practices. One such app is called “Headspace.” There’s no woo-woo, or spiritual focus. It’s just about creating space in our hearts and minds to breathe, be still and focus.
The difference that app has made in my life is incredible. It helped to create a sense of space within myself to love, listen and heal.
CHALLENGE: How do you guard your heart?
Think about some ways that will help you pay attention to the condition of your innermost being. AND THEN, of course, you will have to make a choice about what to do with what you find.
We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what techniques work for you to guard your heart and pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being.
Lizzy (and Jesse).