My daughters came up with this one a few years backâ€¦ their theory is: All of dadâ€™s relationships end with a big trip. Itâ€™s the Big Trip Big Dump, or B.T.B.D. for short.
From my point of view theyâ€™re only partially correct. Some of these relationships did in fact end with a trip. There is one time where we actually went on the Big Trip that was planned well in advance, and I nicely let her know ahead of time I really wanted to go and enjoy the adventure, but unfortunately when we got back that weâ€™d be splitting up. And we did. We went on the Big Tripâ€¦ andâ€¦ you knowâ€¦ We both agree to this day that it is a great memory. When we see each other there are hugs and laughs.
Not too long ago I received a very strong message from Godâ€¦ to guard my heart. It came in His perfect time and way. And was delivered on the same Sunday that I awoke to the most incredible feeling of peace and comfort from the Holy Spirit that Iâ€™ve ever experienced. Immediately following the most challenging week in my lifeâ€¦ He delivered and took care of me. Godâ€™s Mercy. He demonstrated His power and love to me through one of my greatest weaknesses.
â€œGuard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.â€ Proverbs 4:23. There it was, Â written all over the sermon notes handed to me on the same Sunday at a Church that I didnâ€™t normally attend. But it was as if God wrote this message just for me, and the Pastor delivered a message that sank in deep. Really deep.
My Bible sums up this and the next three verses as follows:
â€œOur heart â€“ our feelings of love and desire â€“ dictates to a great extent how we live because we always find time to do what we enjoy. Solomon teaches us to guard our heart above all else, making sure we concentrate on those desires that will keep us on the right path. Make sure your affections push you in the right direction. Put boundaries on your desires: donâ€™t go after everything you see. Look straight ahead, keep your eyes fixed on your goal, and donâ€™t get sidetracked on detours that lead to sin.â€
When I share some of the stories of my past with good friends the response is the same, over and over again: â€œIâ€™m surprised that youâ€™re still dating!â€ I havenâ€™t built a wall (well, maybe just a small oneâ€¦). But itâ€™s hard for me to live with a wall. My personality is one of a very giving and caring person, and I enjoy being close to other people. My heart feels healthy and is full of love. I believe that living in The Word is what guarding my heart is all about. Establishing safe boundaries. And sticking with them.
Big Tripsâ€¦ YES. Detoursâ€¦ Letâ€™s pass.
What do you think about Guarding Your Heart?