So often we concern ourselves with strengthening our home security, our job security, and our financial security. All of which are great endeavors. Less often, we spend time reinforcing the security of our hearts. It’s something we all struggle with. Ironically, what happens in our heart will affect everything else in our life. If we keep that safe and strong, the rest will come together on it’s own.
The heart I’m referring to is our spirit, or soul if you will. It’s an easy thing to neglect, frankly. The heart is something we sense and know is there, but all too often, our minds and bodies rule the day. Our mind is consumed with the cares of the world, the tasks of the day, and the ever-growing stresses of life. Our bodies, for most of us, just go along for the ride and provide the escape from the mind’s pressures when consuming that beloved coffee or chocolate on the sly.
It’s the soul that is so difficult to define. I see it as the knowing of truth vs lies. It’s the love that comes from within us for our fellow man. It’s the questioning of our existence and why we’re here. It’s the belief system that tells us there is a higher power and that He loves us. It’s the part of us that lives beyond this life for eternity; our spiritual body. So, how do we protect it? How do we make it strong?
Unlike the safety zones around our military bases surrounded by walls, our hearts are the opposite. If we build walls around them, we will shut out others and, possibly, even God. The healthier our heart is to be, the more open it needs to be.
Like our physical bodies which become strong through exercise, weight training, and a healthy diet, our soul becomes strong through feeding it God’s word, exercising our faith, and carrying the burdens of others. It’s when we put aside the mind and body’s demands and allow our hearts to take center stage that the soul becomes stronger.
Tonight, I want to encourage you that, if you feel weak at heart (‘soul’), you can get stronger. God says that it’s in our weakness (our soul’s weakness), that we become strong through Him. He will give you the strength of heart when you feel like giving up. He will guide through His word and make it alive in you. He will fill you with His power to stand up against the weight of this world. In Him, you can do all things. And, in Him, your heart can be reinforced and you will become strong…
Love always my friends,