Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
Your Heart Condition – Proverb Ponderings – Part 5
We went for a big walk today, to shake off the morning's cobwebs. Even though we walked far and wide, we knew our way home, as it's a path we've walked many times before.
It's a well-worn part of our weekly routine as a family. Along the way are our favorite park, sights, sounds; things we have grown to love. We can talk the whole way and not ever get lost. The path leads us home.
One of my all time favorite proverbs is this one:
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23.
Do you feel confused about the path you are walking in your life?
Are you unable to find the path that leads you home?
Instead of directing you towards your purpose or dreams, wisdom asks: “how is the state of your heart?”
The Passion Translation of this proverb says, “Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life.”
Everything we do, everything that we are and everything that we long to be, flow up and out of the artisan spring of our heart.
If we are full of anger and bitterness, it flavors and impacts our direction and life. If our heart is clouded by pride and arrogance, it shrouds the potential of the course of our days. If we have not processed grief or strife, it changes the tone of our days.
Sometimes the impact is not felt in the immediate season, but as we orientate ourselves towards the designs of our future, we start to venture off course.
Our heart and its condition impacts every single area of our life.
It affects the people we meet, the friends we make, the opportunities that come our way… Something so seemingly small can filter through the entirety of our being.
A person of wisdom knows that the internal voice that leads and guides, needs to be tuned every so often.
A person of leadership knows that they need a group of safe and sincere friends where they can keep unpacking and processing the condition of their heart.
A person of strength is vulnerable enough to speak honestly about the condition of their innermost being and ask for help when they need it.
One of my greatest pursuits is to filter, process and work through the things that get stuck in my internal world. It reorientates me back to the path that sometimes feels overgrown and hidden, giving me a sense of direction towards the days I was designed to live.
I think finding the path again is as simple as getting quiet, meditating, reflecting, talking, processing, listening, thinking, finding, seeking out the condition of our internal worlds… and slowly, day by day, the path clears.
The proverb goes on to list ways that our hearts become compromised:
“Keep your mouth free of perversity;
Keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead;
Fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.”
If your path seems unclear, why don’t you dig a little deeper and pay attention to the condition of your heart?
It might reveal more than you expect.