Hmmm…most important tool? What could it be? Is it my car? Could it be your handy, app-filled smartphone or tablet. Or your always dependable PC?
Probably, it is your savvy, user-friendly app that make you seem smart and organised. If you are an athlete, maybe it is your hands and/or legs, or your bat, racket, or club.
Like it is for many, it could be money.
My most important tool is my HEART!
The same goes for everyone. Whether you accept it or not. Yes, your most important tool is your heart. It is life’s most valuable tool.
Why is that?
The sage, Solomon David said, ‘Above all else guard your heart it is the wellspring of life.’ (Proverbs 4:12)
This means the outflow of your life is from your heart. Literally, your heart is the source of your life. If a spring is muddied or contaminated from the source, that will be state of the water wherever it flows to.
The condition of your heart determines the quality of your life.
Your choices and actions are a reflection of the state of your heart.
I can understand why the phrase, ‘the heart of the matter’ is used to refer to the main/ central issue in a matter. Another phrase, ‘heart to heart’ is used to refer to candour and sincerity.
Consequently, the need to guard your heart is imperative. It is a must-do! You neglect your heart at your own peril.
Also, guard your heart because…
- …only the pure in heart will see God (Matthew 5:8)
- …God, by His Spirit, has poured out His love into it (Romans 5:5). Keep it going.
- …God wants you to love Him with all of it (Mark 12:30)
- …God has it, but Satan still wants it.
How can one guard his/ her heart?