A few years ago my husband had a minor heart attack. It is one of those genetic things we didn’t know about more than his overall diet. His cardiologist said he could have been eating the healthiest diet and been a world-class athlete and this event would have still happened. Needless to say we did change our diet to help reduce further risks of future issues.
Some of those changes weren’t easy to make because it made cooking more challenging. If you know me you’d know that I’m not a fan of cooking. But in order to eat normal food and not the low sodium food that tastes like sawdust I had to learn to cook from scratch to monitor the sodium level. Cooking takes a little longer but I found out that I love cooking from scratch. I love to make something out of nothing instead of opening a box or can. Oh, and it tastes so much better!!!
The bible says, “My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:20-23).
Our soul is like our physical heart. What we allow into our soul affects its health just like what we eat affects our physical heart. In these verses we continue to read Solomon’s words about paying attention to what he is saying about wisdom. As Believers we can see this as paying attention to what God is saying to us through His Word. We need to treasure the Word in our hearts and never let them out of our sight.
In order for us to become spiritually healthy we need to start with our heart. The heart represents our inner self. The thoughts we think, what motivates us and the desires we have. “For from it flow the springs of life”.
Changing our heart health may not be easy just like my family needing to change our diet. It was hard for me to be motivated to cook because it meant longer prep time. But the changes we’ve made has helped fully heal my husband’s heart. It may take time to make the necessary changes to have a healthly soul. For some it may be harder to make those changes than others. Habits have a way of having a fierce grip on us.
I pray that today you will take the time to exam the health of your heart. Take to heart (ha ha) what the Lord says in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”
Krista Jones – 6.11.14