What to Do with a Lying Heart
Hearts are liars. I know because my heart lies to me. It lied to me when I was trying to find a publisher for my first book. Nineteen times I heard, “No one is going to publish you. You’re not good enough.” At first, I cried and agreed, “It’s true!” After a while, I got smarter! As my friend Renee Swope says, I started bossing my heart around. I ran to Jesus with these disappointments. Some days, it was easy. I felt strong and said confidently, “I’m trusting Jesus to figure this thing out!” Other days, I wanted to crawl under my sheets and stay in bed! It was a constant battle not to listen to the cruel voices. I had to get bossier on those days.
I bet you have a lying heart too; telling you things that aren’t true.
“Your parents are disappointed in you; you can’t ever please them!”
“You could never get into a college like that; it’s only for smart kids.”
“Your art work isn’t that beautiful.”
Our hearts see things as they aren’t. They lie, telling us how to feel when we shouldn’t feel that way at all!
There’s a guy in the Bible who let us see his lying heart. In fact, David appears to be having issues with a split personality; he’s talking to himself!
“My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” he says in Psalm 27:8. Then David turns around and answers himself! “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
David doesn’t like what is going on, yet he’s trying to get past it to pursue God. He’s bossy his lying heart around.
To become a radical girl, you’ve got to take control of your heart too! This isn’t for the weak. This isn’t for the girl who is just living for today and doesn’t care about tomorrow. But you’re not that girl, anyway!
What do you need to tell your lying heart today? Grab a pen and some paper and boss your heart around!
Written by Lynn Cowell