The human heart feels tings the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand. Robert Valet
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle
Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will. A W Tozer
Our heart is our inner core. It is the kind of person we are: strengths, desires, emotions, feelings, beliefs and weaknesses. Consider the expressions: “He has a good heart” as well as “He has no heart” This gives us good insight into what kind of person someone is. Our heart is one measure of our true character.
Developing a good heart is something to be desired and pursued. If we want to be the best person we can be, we must be concerned about our strength of heart just as we would be concerned about our health, exercise, wisdom and the like. The Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz believed he lacked a heart. He was “lacking” until he received the insight he really needed. What he had to do was to recognize that he had always had true inner strength. He had never learned how to access it, but it was there. Heart is many factors. It is influenced by what we feed it; what we surround it with; our thoughts, actions; doubts, fears, strengths, emotions and much more. It needs to be nourished, exercised, developed and strengthened. The phrases “”You are what you think about”, “As a man thinketh in his heart, he is”, “Garbage in-garbage out” are all appropriate expressions. We need to feed and exercise our heart; it provides us with energy and vitality. It is a source of power, insight, and direction.
When someone is described as heartless or cold-hearted, it implies they are unable or unwilling to have any heartfelt feelings for others. They lack empathy and compassion. It may mean they are unable to really like or love others. It can mean they are selfish, conceited; even arrogant. In may mean they are loners. These individuals have a hole or void inside them that handicaps them from truly caring or getting close to others. They are individuals who lack ‘sensitivity’ and likely have problems with intimacy. They have fallen short of fully developing vital personal qualities and traits. They are missing a vital dimension of their humanity.
People with “heart” have more zest for life. They live outwardly. They are not so insecure that thy must be overly sensitive to their weaknesses and shortcomings. People with heart are hungry to live and experience life. They are living an adventure. They take on life rather assertively as compared to being its passive victim.
Challenge: Strengthening and improving your heart is good and desirable. Seek opportunities to do good things; to be around good and positive influences; to avoid negative influences and doing undesirable things. Work on strengthening traits of character. Do something good and kind for others, something exciting and adventuresome, and stretch your boundaries. Do something that makes a positive difference. Be on the lookout for inspiration.
Wisdom: One learns through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect. Mark Twain
Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139: 23-24
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
The lions may grow weak and weary, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Psalm 34:10
Having heart implies confidence, energy and initiative. Some have degrees of this while others are lacking. Those who walk with God have their heart empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is like a ‘fountain of youth’ that gives energy and power. In our own strength we are so limited. In God there are no limits. So many are like the Tin Man. They are missing a vital component of their life. Having the Holy Spirit inside us gives us God’s heart.
Prayer: Examine my heart and reveal what needs to be changed. Help me to make these changes in my life.