Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
Listen: Proverbs 4
Singer Andy Williams described Christmas as “the most wonderful time of the year.” While certainly debatable, there’s almost no argument that this time of year is the busiest. From now until Christmas morning, we fill our “to do” lists with Christmas-related tasks: gifts to buy, cookies to bake, cards to mail, lights to hang and Christmas trees to cut. While overwhelming and a little exhausting—it also can be a lot of fun!
But before you move through your day, and whatever Christmas preparations on your list, pay close attention to the condition of your heart. Today’s verse tells us that every thought you have, word you say and action you take originates in your heart. That’s why it’s critical every day to ask, “How’s my heart?” Don’t do this rapidly in sort of a “fly-by” way. Take the time to sincerely and humbly assess the condition of your heart. Honestly identifying our heart’s condition is the first step to recognizing how much we need God’s help in this process. Only he can develop the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) in our lives.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
While completing today’s journal assignment, pay close attention to the prayer, “Lord, please fill me with…” To answer this well, we’ll need to assess the condition of our heart accurately. How is it? Our answer to this question will show what fruit of the Spirit we most need to focus on today.
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