More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it. – (Proverbs 4:23, CEB)
Above all else, guard your affections. For they influence everything else in your life. – (Proverbs 4:23, TLB)
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – (Proverbs 4:23, NIV)
We are called to prioritize protecting the place within us that dictates the things that we do. Our mind, heart and affection all influence our decisions, and if we do not guard these things, the life that is meant to flow from us, will fall flat. As we determine to walk in His way and seek to obey, we cannot help but exude His light and life as we go about our day. May we above all else, guard our hearts, so that what flows from us leads to life in Christ.
More than anything,
Let us choose to guard;
Our hearts and our minds,
From becoming scarred.
For as we seek Him,
He protects our minds;
And everything else,
His power can bind.
So, let His light shine,
In all that we do;
Protect heart and mind,
And to Christ stay true.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we seek You and Your strength, You give us what we need to protect our mind, heart and affection. Thank You that through protecting these, everything else in our lives is protected too. Forgive us for neglecting to be vigilant in guarding our hearts and minds. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would seek You in all things and at all times, to show us what is acceptable to allow in, and what we need to avoid. Show us how to love others in such a way, that Your loving kindness freely flows from us so that they may come to understand Your goodness and grace. May many come to a place of choosing to walk with You forever. Be glorified O God, as we seek Your wisdom and strength to protect our minds, hearts and affections. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
When times are good, be happy. – Ecclesiastes 7:14