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Getting My Heart Right

My Christmas lights are still up. Yep, I’m that guy. But it’s not that I’m such a huge fan of the Christmas season, I just can’t bring myself to take down the cheerful light while the long winter darkness holds sway. So I have taken to leaving up the main run on the gutter, and after New Years I swap out the star on the chimney for a heart and I call them Valentine’s Day lights. This buys me another month or two till God sends us more daylight.

However, I was just getting ready to leave for work last week when I noticed a problem. My heart was crooked. Strong winds had blown through knocking one of the attachment points loose. I stood there looking up at it, deliberating, then decided I had to take care it before leaving. After all, it’s pretty simple and only took a few minutes. I know it’s silly, but I felt much better as I pulled out of the driveway.

I chuckled suddenly as I saw the message in the living parable God had cast me in: I need to start my day by getting my heart right. The winds of this fallen world howl furiously, and it is amazing how messed up my heart can become in the course of a day. So each morning I strive to diligently bring my heart before the Lord, however twisted it may be, and ask him to restore it.

  • I ask God to show me the problems of my heart.
    Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
    See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23–24)
  • I read God’s Word and he shows me what is crooked.
    For the word of God is living and active…it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
  • I ask God to purify and renew my heart.
    Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
  • I ask God to help me guard my heart in the midst of this stormy world.
    Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23
  • I eagerly anticipate encountering God as he renews my heart.
    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8
  • I seek to satisfy my heart in God no matter how dark the storm.
    My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

Pastor Toby

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