In Proverbs I found a piece of advice that I like. It says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). The Complete Jewish Bible translates that same verse as, “Above everything else, guard your heart; for it is the source of life's consequences.” And the NIV translates it, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
This past few weeks as I fought off the flu and pneumonia all at the same time I had a lot of time to ponder and I began to think about what the world would be like if people spent as much time worrying and striving
to keep their hearts healthy as they do about keeping their bodies healthy. When negative
things like jealously, anger, resentment, grudges, or fear enter our
hearts do we seek for ways to inoculate ourselves against them? Many of
us stock up on cold and flu medicine at this time of year. But are we
seeking out and storing up knowledge of how to rid ourselves of
spiritual illnesses? When we feel negative things creeping into our
hearts do we act immediately and fight off the negative emotions like we would fight off a headache, fever, or cough. Or do
we sit back and say, “Well that’s part of life” And let it fester and
Negative feelings are sickness to the heart. But the Truth
Tools are medicine that heals the heart and keeps us living in Truth.
It takes effort, but it is worth it. There is only bitterness to be had
by drinking from the sickspring that is found in the Pit of Illusion.
Instead, we can drink from the Wellspring of Living Waters and be filled
with joy and peace.