“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Nobody does this for me, no accountability partner, friend, child or spouse. “Above all else”, beyond everything else in this world I am to guard my heart. Sounds simple, but dag gum it’s the hardest reality in and throughout most of my days, and I work at a church! My best days are when my heart is guarded, when I find my identity in Christ and who He says that I am. And then I can live with a heart wide open to others. No one does this for me, or makes me do it, not even the Spirit. And yet when I respond in relationship to God, it’s His power that enables me to do what most days feels impossible; obedience.