This week I was interviewed on my local Christian radio station. One of the questions that I was asked got me thinking. I was asked why I think it is good to have Christian radio. The answer had more to do with the heart than any other reason. What we listen to, watch, play, and scroll through all impact on how we live out our lives.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) says, ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’
The airways are an important inlet into your inner world. The content that we allow our ears to listen to goes into our heart. Whether it be a song, opinions, stories or a testimony, we should be alert to what we are allowing into our inner world.
In another version of the Bible, the verse reads, ‘Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.’ (NAS)
Interestingly, the root Hebrew word ‘shamar’, connected to the phrase ‘Watch over your heart with all diligence’, is the same language that God used as He gave instructions to Adam and Eve to ‘cultivate and keep’ the garden they live in. (Genesis 2:15) The word ‘keep’ has a sense of to guard or watch.
The picture of cultivating and keeping a garden is a great analogy of how we are to tend to our heart. You don’t plant weeds if you’re hoping for strawberries. You’re also careful of which animals you allow into your garden. Your heart is like a precious garden. Guard what you allow into your life. If you don’t want violence, sexual lusts, crass language or other toxic thinking to pollute your brain space, then change the channel by choosing a different type of entertainment.
Everything flows from what you put in your heart. What are you allowing into your heart that you really need to say ‘no’ to?
Having joy and peace in your day is mostly about what is happening in your headspace, even more than what’s happening in your circumstance. The thoughts you have, flow like a spring from what’s in your heart. The things you allow into your heart will influence those thoughts, allowing for joy and peace or those thoughts will inhibit them. Choose to cultivate your heart as you learn to say ‘no’ to things that fill your mind with negative ponderings. It will make a big difference to your day… To your life!