My first job was at a tire store, and I was terrible at it. I was great with cash, but that’s pretty much where it ended. The roof could have caved in on a customer, and I would have said, “Would you like a bag with that, ma’am?”
I guess you could say, the day that a couple of guys walked past me and out of the store with a canoe on their shoulders wasn’t my best day on the job. You could also say that it was my last, and you’d be right.
I wasn’t the most diligent employee, but I did redeem myself a few years later when I walked into K-Mart, put on a blue jacket and gave them my personal best.
As I got to thinking about that today, I was reminded how the Bible tells us to guard our hearts with all diligence.
In other words we need to keep it under lock and key. We need to stand guard over our heart the way a girl watches over her store. We need to inspect what comes in and approve what goes out.
So, what is your heart exactly? It’s your seat of emotions. Therefore, it’s a place where you might foolishly make decisions based on the way that you feel. The lust of our heart is deceitful. It makes us think that we need things we don’t. It blinds us from the dangers of temptation and if followed could lead us to sin.
John Piper writes, “Our hearts were never designed to be followed, but to be led. Our hearts were never designed to be gods in whom we believe; they were designed to believe in God.”
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Read Proverbs 4.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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