Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.

Proverbs 4: 23

 

When James Weldon Johnson wrote the well known children’s and Sunday school song Dem Dry Bones, he was basing his words on that very strange and marvelous passage in Ezekiel 37 that discusses the Lord’s commitment to restoration for His people. In the song Weldon describes the connection between the skeletal parts of our bodies and how God is in total command over all the aspects of our physical life. In this Proverb, Solomon is describing another form of close connection that exists in our bodies; however, this is one where we are charged with the decision to control the input that we allow into these closely related and directly connected aspects of ourselves.

 

The heart is the center of the way that we view ourselves, other people, and our world in general, and it is directly influenced by everything that we allow into it through our mind. The material that we read, the pictures that we view, and the thoughts that we contemplate are all processed into our hearts through our minds. There really is no such thing as an innocent look or a throw away comment. Everything that we let into our minds and each thought that we form does have an influence on the way that our heart responds to God and on the way that we interact with the world around us. This is why there are so many statements in God’s Word about guarding ourselves from the input of the worldly information and images that surround us and that are so readily available to us in our daily lives.

 

When we choose to fill our minds with the living truth of God’s Word and we seek after the Holy Spirit’s guidance in how we should respond to the world around us, we are providing our hearts with the sort of sound and lasting input that creates an environment where we can function in our world as bearers of God’s image. Then, we become the hands and the feet of Christ in our communities. As our hearts are fed with Christ’s love, grace, and wisdom; we will become voices of loving truth who lead others to Christ, who is the continual source of the sort of sweet water that is the answer to the deepest thirsts in the souls of all people.

 

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.

Proverbs 4: 23

 

When James Weldon Johnson wrote the well known children’s and Sunday school song Dem Dry Bones, he was basing his words on that very strange and marvelous passage in Ezekiel 37 that discusses the Lord’s commitment to restoration for His people. In the song Weldon describes the connection between the skeletal parts of our bodies and how God is in total command over all the aspects of our physical life. In this Proverb, Solomon is describing another form of close connection that exists in our bodies; however, this is one where we are charged with the decision to control the input that we allow into these closely related and directly connected aspects of ourselves.

 

The heart is the center of the way that we view ourselves, other people, and our world in general, and it is directly influenced by everything that we allow into it through our mind. The material that we read, the pictures that we view, and the thoughts that we contemplate are all processed into our hearts through our minds. There really is no such thing as an innocent look or a throw away comment. Everything that we let into our minds and each thought that we form does have an influence on the way that our heart responds to God and on the way that we interact with the world around us. This is why there are so many statements in God’s Word about guarding ourselves from the input of the worldly information and images that surround us and that are so readily available to us in our daily lives.

 

When we choose to fill our minds with the living truth of God’s Word and we seek after the Holy Spirit’s guidance in how we should respond to the world around us, we are providing our hearts with the sort of sound and lasting input that creates an environment where we can function in our world as bearers of God’s image. Then, we become the hands and the feet of Christ in our communities. As our hearts are fed with Christ’s love, grace, and wisdom; we will become voices of loving truth who lead others to Christ who is the continual source of the sort of sweet water that is the answer to the deepest thirsts in the souls of the people that we will encounter.