ATB16 Heart Matters

As is the case with most of us, I am finding that as I get older there is a greater need for me to be more health conscious.  The things that I used to do, and of course the way that I used to eat is increasingly becoming a thing of the past.

Now I will admit that this is not something that I particularly enjoy.  Nor is it something that I want to do.  But in speaking with my doctor I have found that if my goal is to live a better quality life and if in fact I intend to live a longer life then making the required changes in my life is what I am committed to do.

As I have gone along this road of change, I am finding that the biggest challenge is that of making a commitment to improvement.  As I have learned through life, commitment isn’t about being there one day and gone the next; it’s about making the choice to be consistent and striving to be better each and every day.  Though I am not where I need to be, I can say that I am better than I used to be.

The heart itself is at the core of each of us for our physical existence.  It is a proven fact that without the heart there is no life.  Heart health for each of us regardless of what point we are in life is important.  Thus as is the case with myself, as I have aged the issue of heart health is resulting in me making the necessary changes in my life in order to be better, and of course with the expected goal of living longer.

To this end I can say that when it comes to my physical heart matters, though I am not where I want to be, I am if the truth be told, a work in progress. Each day I have a made up mind that I improve my health, and especially my heart health.

As I have committed myself to improving my heart health, I as well have been giving thought to another issue of heart health.

As Christians we are as well called to address the issue of heart health when it comes to our daily walk with the Lord.  From the moment that we awake until we lie down to sleep at night, the issue of our spiritual heart health is of the utmost importance.

I find myself going back to Psalms 51:10.  It declares to create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Each day, with all that we do and those whom we interact with calls for us to be representatives of our Lord and Savior.  This world that we are living in is watching to see if in fact our talk about being Christians is matching our walk as being Christians.

Personally I know that my heart matters for my spiritual life call on me to look to God.  My daily prayer is to find less of me, and more of Him.  As I go about my daily routine, I would ask of the Lord to test me, and try me, and to examine my heart.  I am mindful of the words from Proverbs 4:23 to keep thy heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.

Heart Matters.  Be it our physical or spiritual heart, both are critical to our existence.  When it comes to our physical heart, we are called to be as proactive as possible.  Knowing that in doing so we are mindful that our bodies are indeed a temple of the Lord.

And as it concerns our spiritual heart, my prayer is that we would seek assurances that the meditations of our hearts are indeed pleasing in His sight.

To God Be The Glory

Alan T. Black

 

 

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About dupree73

I was raised and grew up in the United Methodist Church. While I do proudly embrace my background and personal history within the United Methodist Church, I do feel that ultimately what is important is not the denomination that you are a part of. What matters most is the relationship that you have with the Lord. Part and parcel to any relationship is the level of commitment that one makes to it. With any and all relationships they are going to take time to grow. Through the years if I were to describe my relationship with the Lord using one word it would be “transformation.” Continuing to grow daily in my walk with the Lord, and as well continue to display the fruits of his spirit daily is for me what my life is all about. Frankly for these times, my attitude and belief is that the world is looking at those who are Christians to see if in fact their talk does indeed match their walk. As for me, my goal is to on a daily basis to be that individual who by virtue of their talk and their walk is by nature “peculiar.” If then by chance this way of living does indeed glorify the Lord, then my life indeed is destined to make a difference.
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