Guard Your Heart!
Hello? Are you listening? Pay attention!
When your earbuds are in or you’re playing a video game or the TV is on or you’re reading a book or you just don’t feel like listening, your parents have to work pretty hard to get you to focus on them. Still, they want your attention because they have something important to tell you.
Three thousand years ago, parents did the same thing to their kids. Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs to pass along wisdom to his son—and he told his son to listen up! “My son, pay attention to my words. Open your ears to what I say. Do not lose sight of these things. Keep them deep within your heart because they are life to those who find them and they heal the whole body. Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it” (Proverbs 4:20-23).
You are given the Bible to tell you how God has saved you, to let you know that Jesus’ work is finished and that you don’t have to worry at all about your future. That’s why God wants you to pay attention. The more you listen up to what he has to tell you, the more you fill your heart with his good news. As you forget to focus on him, you fill your heart with junk. And here’s what Jesus has to say about that: “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him” (Matthew 12:34,35 NIV).
Let Jesus fill your heart with good stuff—then guard it!