“Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
When I got back into running after I had my oldest son, I did not have a good sense of how hard to push myself. With my stroller strength group’s “no pain, no gain” motto, sometimes I felt I was working harder than I really needed to. This was when I was introduced to a heart monitor.
Heart monitors are tools that provide feedback specific to your body. I remember monitoring my heart rate during exercises and my alarm buzzing while I made my way around the trails of Dunes Park. It was then I learned that running harder doesn’t mean I’m running better. In order for me to get the most of my runs, I needed to workout at the right intensity level. My heart monitor allowed me to get clear feedback letting me know if I needed to pick up the pace, slow it down, or stay right where I am.
Have you ever thought about how we monitor our spiritual heart? Unlike our physical heart, which we certainly pay attention to daily, a healthy spiritual heart should be beating for Jesus. If the life of Jesus is ruling our spiritual hearts, we do not react to life situations with fear, anxiety, and a sense of impending doom. There is no line of ups and downs, but a steady flow of His life ruling our spiritual hearts.
Let’s ask God to help us to live out of our spiritual hearts. Thank Him for training us and to keep us alert to the times when our carnal heart takes over and our spiritual heart starts to show signs of me, me, me.