Did you know?
- Your heart beats 100,000 times per day
- In an average 70 year life span, your heart will beat 2.5 billion times
- It will pump five quarts of blood through your body over the next minute, and 200 gallons in just one day.
- That same blood is pumped by a muscle (which is your heart) the size of your two fists. And it is pumped through blood vessels that stretch 60,000 miles throughout your body, long enough to stretch around the world twice. Source: Cleveland Clinic
Amazing! And that just the beginning of the many astounding facts surrounding the most important, life-giving organ we have. True, our heart provides and sustains our physical life. Without us even giving any thought to it, our heart keeps beating, doing what it was designed to do – giving life.
Most of us living today are aware of what it takes to keep our heart strong (even if we fail at times to do it). We know what foods to eat, what exercises to do, and how much rest we need. We take great effort in keeping that blood flowing. But most of the time we don’t give a second thought to our other heart. The seat of our soul, as Aristotle put it. It is our spiritual heart, the center of who we are. Solomon gave us some great advice in Proverbs 4. He said this:
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
Have you ever spent time around someone whose heart was sour? The more you talked to them, the more you realized there was no life springing from their heart. Bitterness and a negative attitude was the only attitude they knew. At some point they must have let the guard down to their heart. They let the things of the world creep in and steal the life-giving qualities for which the spiritual heart was designed.
We are surrounded by a wealth of things that, if left unchecked, can sneak in and rob our hearts of its life-giving qualities. Guarding your heart is difficult work. We have to know what types of exercises to do, what to put in our lives that gives health and strength, and what to refrain from that will steal that life. Solomon follows his words of wisdom with a little practical application of just how we go about accomplishing this. He says, “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your eyes directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
In a nutshell, Solomon is saying we need to stay focused. Don’t let your guard down. Be aware of the things around you that desire to steal your heart, and make the right choice. Don’t give in. Because when you do, you lose the life you were designed to have, and the life you were designed to share with those closest to you.
Go ahead, choose life!
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