Tried and True – Heart Conditioning
Key Bible Verse: Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do. – Proverbs 4:23
Bonus Reading: Hebrews 12:11-13
As I consulted with the leadership team of a major medical system’s cardiac care division, I was startled by what one nurse told me. Modern medicine, she said, can repair or even replace a heart and save a person’s life—but only temporarily.
“We can repair the heart,” she asserted, “but we can’t change the behavior or the environment.” Many patients return to an environment that encourages the poor eating habits that contributed to their first attack. The hearts of patients who fail to replace old habits with new ones will grow weaker over time.
Our spiritual situation is similar. Out of his endless love for us, God gave us new hearts with the capacity to hear his guidance and overcome any obstacle we face.
But he didn’t give us new hearts so we could revert to our previous way of living. He gave them so we could see through deception and choose to do the right thing. It’s up to us to change our thinking, amend our habits, make new choices, and find our path in life.
A heart, if not exercised, will weaken and atrophy. A heart that is nourished and exercised will grow healthy and strong. We exercise our hearts every day by being obedient to his call.
—Larry Julian in God Is My Success
My Response: A habit that undermines the health of my God-given new heart is …
Adapted from Breakfast with Fred (Warner Faith, 2005)
Prayer for the Week: Ask God for the resolve and discipline to be consistently faithful with routine matters in ordinary times.