The Heart Matters

Solomon describes the importance of the heart in Proverbs 4:23: "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." The heart is like an artesian spring. All our hopes, dreams, and desires gush from the heart. Every drive for meaning and significance originates in the heart. Our behavior flows from the heart—it isn't caused by circumstances or other people. The heart, with its passions and desires, is the wellspring of life.

Recently, Radio Shack had a sale on little matchbox-size remote control cars. "What a fun thing for the grandchildren to play with at grandpa’s house," I thought. The next week they were all at our house for a family meal. I got the car out and the children began playing with it. Six children, one car; what was this grandfather thinking?

Within a few minutes I observed one of my grandsons following his sister around imploring her, "Emily [names changed to protect the guilty], remember that Jesus says we should share. Remember that we are to do to another as we would have them do to us. You should be kind and give me a turn."

[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]