Chapter 3 Part 1

According to the Scriptures, the heart can be troubled, wounded, pierced, grieved, even broken. How well we all know that. Thankfully, it cann also be cheerfull, glad, merry, joyfull, rejoicing. The heart can be whole or divided-as in that phrase we often use, “Well, part of me wants to, but the other part of me doesn’t.” It can be wise or foolish. It can be steadfast, true, upright, stout, valiant. It can als be frightened, faint, cowardly, melt like wax. The heart can be wandering, forgetfull, dull, stubborn, proud, hardened. Wicked and perverse. I think we know that as well.

Much to our surprise, according to Jesus, a heart can also be pure, as in, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matt. 5:8). And even noble, as in his story about the sower: “But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by perservering produce a crop” (Luke 8:15). The bible sees the heart as the source of our faith, our hope, and of course, our love. It is the “wellspring of life” with in us (Prov. 4:23), the very essence of our existence, the center of our being, the fount of our life.

Think about your work life for a moment. Why are so many people bored or frustrated with their jobs? Why do they dread Monday morning and “thank God it’s Friday”? Their hearts are not in their work. Far from it. However they arrived at what they’re doing with their lives, it wasn’t by listening to their hearts. The same holds true for their love life. Why do so many relationships fail? Because one or both partners no longer have a heart for making it work. On and on it goes. Why are so many people struggling with depression and discouragement? They’ve lost heart. Why can’t we seem able to break free of our addictions? Because somewhere along the way, in a moment of carelessness or desperation, we gave our heart away, and now we can’t get it back.

There is no escaping the centrality of the heart. God knows that; it’s why he made it the central theme of the Bible, just as he placed the physical heart in the center of the human body. The heart is central; to find our lives, we must make it central again.
-Waking the Dead (pg 40 and 41)

Its been to long! I lost heart, but we keep moving forward. RFM!


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