Hearts. I like hearts. You may have noticed the heart background on my blog, the heart on my website. I am a life long doodler, and hearts have even become my doodle of choice lately. What’s the fascination? Is it the shape? Partly. I particularly like it when the heart has lots of curly cues going off in all directions ~ but that may have something to do with my hair!
“Now that guy has heart!” We recently watched the movie Rudy after not seeing it for many years. It is the story of a young man with an unquenchable desire to play football at Notre Dame -even though he had very little athletic ability, was half the size of their average player, and struggled with his studies due to dyslexia. An unlikely candidate for success in this endeavor. Because Rudy has become synonymous with being a overcomer, a dream achiever, we all probably know that he does eventually have a chance to play on the team. So to what do we attribute this feat? We have already established that he didn’t have the qualities our society would deem necessary for success; in fact, he was told that many times to his face ~ just give it up, Rudy!
Heart. Rudy had heart. It is the seat of passion. Passion is what drives us ~ both towards good and towards evil. Heart is powerful. Not only is your heart what keeps you alive physically – let’s face it, without it we die – but it is also what keeps us alive spiritually. A sick and dying heart, or worse yet, no heart, will eventually lead to death. That’s why we get our hearts checked. Blood pressure too high? Better make some adjustments to diet, exercise, maybe even medication. Heart too weak? Better see about strengthening it with exercise. What about motives? Are the motives of your heart in check? Maybe it’s time to run a diagnostic on your values. What about the level of your passion? Do you have any? Enough? Too much? The right kind? It might be time for a passion transfusion.
Most importantly, what is your heart towards God? Have you given it to Him? A heart is too precious a thing to hand off to just anyone ~ you want a master surgeon when it comes to the center of life and the seat of passion. It’s time for your heart check appointment ~ so what are you waiting for? You won’t find more steady and loving hands than those of the Master.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12