Guard your heart above all else

May 10th, 2013

Proverbs 4:23-27 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”

There is some great stuff in here to keep us on track.  I was writing a blog post about this and then I read the notes from the New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible (LASB).

LASB notes: 4:23-27 Our heart—our feelings of love and desire—dictates to a great extent how we live because we always find time to do what we enjoy. Solomon tells us to guard our hearts above all else, making sure we concentrate on those desires that will keep us on the right path. Make sure your affections lead you in the right direction. Put boundaries on your desires: Don’t go after everything you see. Look straight ahead, keep your eyes fixed on your goal, and don’t get sidetracked on detours that lead to sin.

After thinking about the passage and the LASB notes I imagined a security guard standing outside a door. He was big and strong and held a clipboard with names that could enter.

Love, joy, peace, encouragement, inspiration, right thinking, godly goals and God’s principles were allowed in. Everything else that would pollute us was politely refused entry.

Let’s all post a security guard on our hearts today. I am going to. The big decision now is will they look like a CIA Agent with dark glasses and an ear piece or a SAS Commando or perhaps a Jedi Knight 😉

God Bless,

Dave