Meet Piper. She is our one year old yellow lab. She loves to play and like a typical dog, when it comes to play, she is all in! She doesn’t look around for what could happen, she just plays. Sometimes we take her with her mom and sister for walks in the woods. She loves it! She is exploring and having fun with her doggy friends. She jumps into the creek, climbing things and having a blast. In fact when she is done, her almost white coat is usually far from white! So off to the bath she goes! It’s after the dirt is gone, that we notice things. A scratch on her eye from a branch, her pad on her paw is cut and maybe a few other cuts along her body. If we don’t take care of those things, they will fester and become infected and an issue.
We are like my puppy sometimes. We live life, we are all in. We take part in conversations where maybe the words spoken are like the sharp branches in the woods. Maybe someone deals with us harshly at work or at home and it’s a cut on our foot. By the end of the day, we feel dirty and sore. We need God to clean us up and heal our hearts.
So be careful. If the words coming out of your mouth are not building someone up, do they need to be said? If you are hearing someone else tear another person down, walk away! These words cut and wound our hearts. Those words may cause you to look at someone in a different light. Guard your heart! See, a wounded heart will cause you to look at everything with a negative lens. A wounded heart will cause you to become cynical and untrusting. A wounded heart overflows, and in our hurt, we may spill over on someone else. A healed heart is so full of the love of God that it overflows. Right now my puppy has bandages on her paws and it is slowing her down. She isn’t too happy with it, but we know it’s for her best. She can’t play as hard as she wants to. But in time, we can take the bandages off and she will be free again to enjoy her puppy life.
Guard your heart. God has so much in store for you. His plans for you are far more than you can imagine! His love for you is so much greater than we can ever comprehend!
Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23