There’s a frost coming here in the area where I live. This wouldn’t mean much except for the fact that I got antsy and planted my garden two weeks ago! I was told by many a faithful Alabamian that I should not start planting until after Easter, because there’s always one last frost. However, I just couldn’t wait and after some discussion, forged ahead with our raised beds. You can imagine my nervousness over tonight’s potential freeze. I don’t want to lose my very first southern garden.
We have plastic and blankets that we’ll be putting over the plants to help them during the night. We’ll carefully drape them, protecting them from the overnight chill. I’ll also be praying faithfully for the next few hours that my plants will make it.
Just as cautious and careful I am to protect those sweet baby plants that are growing in the ground, I should be equally careful with what I place in my heart. Proverbs 4:23 tells us, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
I’d like to say that I’m always mindful about what I’m listening to and reading, what I’m watching on TV, or the attitudes and actions that filter through me throughout the day. However, I know that I’m not always good at it. God instructs us to be careful with our hearts because the things that consume our heart bleeds out into the actions of our everyday interactions and activities. If I’m not guarding my heart from worldly desires it can very easily lead me astray and down a path that can not only hinder me but those around me as well.
When we guard our hearts and only fill it with the things of Christ, the love of Christ is what spills out onto others. I long to guard my heart so that it’s filled only with the goodness of Jesus rather than the things of this world.
Dear friends, commit with me today to guard your heart at all times!