Perishable things left alone will naturally grow stale, moldy, and rendered useless. That’s why it’s so important to know what I store, where I store it, and how I store it. So when it comes time to use it, it is actually useful!
This same principle can be applied to the things I store away in my heart. Discovering what I’ve got stored in there is the challenging part.
The way I see it, I have two Discovery Options;
Discovery Option One…
I can search my heart and come up with a plan in which to work my way out of the stale moldy mess it’s in, which will become a never ending workathon. This all to familiar option makes me exhausted just thinking about it.
Discovery Option Two…
I can stop deceiving myself into thinking I have even an ounce of ability to dig my way out of my messy state-of-heart, thus requiring me to surrender my way to a perfect God who has the ability to restore it. This option, though massively challenging and often painful, is a guarantee that He will purge my heart of the stuff that is making such a mess in there. AND, please don’t miss this part, He won’t leave my heart empty once He’s purged it, He will fill those empty spaces with good solid useful things!
Choosing the second option means I must take daily walks with God thru the recesses of my heart. When we visit there together, He not only reveals to me what’s in my heart, but He also reveals to me that He loves me too much to leave it in such a messy state. These walks He takes with me always prove to be the very thing I need as I learn how to become less of who I think I need to be and more of who He says I am. I am His child. Created in His image. He longs to bring me back to that perfect Image He intended for me to reflect all along.
I’d love to leave you with these words from Galatians 5:23 (adapted by the MSG)
“What happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”
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