We have all heard the expressions: “Play your heart out, man after your own heart, absence makes the heart grow fonder and broken heart”. Each of these phrases points to the importance of your heart to daily life. So what is your heart? By now you may have realized that I am not talking about the organ in your chest that pumps blood. Your heart is your innermost part or the center of your being. It is from your heart that you get your character, purpose, passion for living, deep yearnings, courage, enthusiasm, and love. If your heart is the center of your life, then how can you have a healthy heart?
Proverbs 4:23 states, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Your heart is always being influenced by something. You may have heard the expression, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What is it that you want most out of life: wealth, a solid family, having fun, or leaving a mark? Your purpose in life shows what your heart is following and what is influencing your heart.
In order to keep your heart healthy, you need to make sure your heart is following the right things.
We have all been let down at one time or another in our lives; so how can you be sure that the thing your heart is following is trustworthy? The only way you can do that is to trust in the one who knows your heart inside and out – the God that created your heart. Proverbs 3:5-6 challenges us to, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Trusting, or you might say surrendering, is never easy. It involves deep soul searching and a realization that I am inadequate, by myself, to live the way God intended. God desires an intimate relationship with us. He sent his son, Jesus, to this earth 2000 years ago so that our hearts could be made right by putting our trust in him. God promises that when we honestly pursue him, he will be found. “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
If you would like to know more, Dr. Hermann and Dr. Birdwell would both love to tell you their stories of how trusting in God has given them healthy hearts.