Proverbs 4:23, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.”
Luke 6:45, “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.”
Our Own Pump
The human heart, less than a pound when fully grown and only a little larger than our fist, beats seventy-two times a minute, one hundred thousand times a day, forty million times a year. Each day it pumps the equivalent of 1,800 gallons of blood weighing six tons through more than sixty thousand miles of our circulation system.
Sometimes when people have negative experiences, especially in their early years, they veneer their soul with repeated layers of hardness to keep from being hurt. This only prolongs their problem. They become irascible, isolationist, and difficult. Their reactions are brittle, not pliable. Everything they experience hits and bounces away, because the toughness they have painted on keeps them from being healed. All those layers of hardness have to be peeled away. God’s forgiveness will give us an inner strength and toughness, but not until we eliminate the hardness we have painted on. God would have us tough inside our hearts, not outside. That inner toughness keeps us cheerful in adversity, peaceful in turmoil, and optimistic in discipleship. It accepts even the harm that life offers and transforms it into benefactions.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Our Creator would never have made such lovely days and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thoughts, unless we were meant to be immortal. – Nathaniel Hawthorne
For nothing reaches the heart but what is from the heart, or pierces the conscience but what comes from a living conscience. – William Penn
Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart. – Martin Luther
The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller