A great mystery in this life is the substance and action of the heart. We desperately try to define it.
Someone without compassion is “heartless”, and we implore them to “have a heart”. I can get a little confused as to whether to do something “half-hearted” or from the “bottom of my heart” – which is more?
Our deepest hurts cause “heartaches” and love lost leaves us “brokenhearted”. Courageous soldiers are “bravehearted” and villains “black-hearted”. Heroes and saints have “hearts of gold”.
Sometimes a real “heart-to-heart” talk is needed and the end result may leave us “heavy-hearted” or “light-hearted”, that all depends on whether we have been “cut to the heart”. For some, this may lead to eating chocolate ice cream to our “hearts content” which, in the end, goes straight to the “h…ips” (it’s the poutine that “warms the heart”). Eating pizza after 10pm results in “heartburn”.
We all appreciate “heart-felt” gestures. Truly important things, and many completely foolish things, we “know by heart”. And a good word should be “taken to heart”.
When we lose passion and dryness sets in, we quietly confess, “My heart is not in it.”
And it is those whom we love “with all our heart” that we keep “close to the heart”
All of life revolves around the heart. Every thought and plan, every victory and defeat, every action and reaction, they all begin and end in the heart. It is our heart that will ultimately determine our identity and future in life.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” Proverbs 4:23.
Our heart is where we first sense the presence of God, and “only a fool says in his heart there is no God” (Psalm 14:1). Until we respond with our hearts God will remain a philosophy, a religious icon, and a stranger. In turn, anything we do in service to him will be cold-hearted duty, devoid of feeling.
It is our heart that hears the voice of God and it is our heart that pulls us into the adventure of shared passion. We acknowledge God with our minds and agree to his principles with our intellect. But the war is waged when it comes to, “trusting in the Lord with all of our hearts, and leaning not on our own understanding (i.e., minds)” Proverbs 3:5.
God is not interested in us engaging him intellectually. No, he wants to engage us by our hearts. The Christian faith is a heart to heart relationship with the living God, not a set of principled ethics to which we mentally acquiesce.
The true story of every person is not the story we see on the outside. The true story is the one of each person’s heart. Where is the heart? Who has the heart been given too? In what condition is the heart? The external characteristics are often carefully depicted facades of the true condition of the heart. Jesus was primarily interested in the condition of the heart.
What is the journey of your heart? Who does your heart belong to? Or, to what does your heart belong? Take some time, today, this week, this month and engage God with your heart. There is nothing in this world as depressing, demoralizing, and even demonic than a heart that has lost its passion.
The best place to be impassioned is next to the heart of God! The passion in his heart is zealous, consuming, empowering, strengthening. Let us give God a new reason to repeat an old phrase, “They are men and women after my own heart.”