Day 276: Heart to Heart (October 3)

Hello heart, here we are again.  Life has run away with time and we are required to more deliberately meet one another.  Here in the moments where quiet is found, I ask you, “How are we doing?  Are we navigating life free of unforgiveness?  Are we holding onto hope and spilling joy into the world?  Has the bitter root taken any ground lately?”

Hello heart, I’ve missed talking to you.

Today, I encourage you to remember just how important it is for you to continually make it a practice to check in with yourself.  Stop, even when life is at a sprint, and allow yourself a moment to assess your heart and how you are navigating the day to day.  Even the most seasoned runner in a marathon needs to stop from time to time.  You are never going to be able to avoid checking in with your heart.  At least, not if you want to be a blessing to the world and not a drain on those around you.

So, take this morning, in the middle of the week, and look inward.  Reflect on how you’ve been responding to day to day circumstances and make sure you haven’t lost sight of what’s most important.  Christ in you, the hope of glory.

This morning as I was driving, I found myself needing to be reminded that my current situation is not permanent.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the moment that we forget the bigger picture.  Right now, I am making certain sacrifices, but they are temporary and won’t last forever.  If I can keep my eye on the prize, then I will walk this out with much more grace.

How are you facing the day to day?  How are you walking through your current life situation?  What season are you walking out?  Are you borrowing trouble or are you seeing things for what they are and walking with open hands?

Today is not forever.  Things will not always be this way.  So, when you find yourself beginning to feel sorry for yourself, remember that.  Look at today for what it is and begin to feel excited for the future.  If you are saying, “I don’t have anything to look forward to.”  Please know that’s not true.  There is always something to look forward to, and yes, change will come.  It always does.  You may feel stuck in life, but what I’ve learned through the years is this, I am often not really stuck anywhere except in my mind.  Sometimes our minds can stall out in a certain negative or defeated thought pattern.  We are responsible for surrendering our minds to Christ and then we are again responsible for beginning to believe His goodness.  He is good, all the time.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- His good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2

My son, give Me your heart and let your eyes delight in My ways.  Proverbs 23:26

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.               Psalm 73:26