Friday, February 21, 2020

Shop Carefully

“Supermarket behavior” is fascinating to watch. It seems as though people change when they enter the door, get their cart, and begin to walk through the aisles with searching eyes
The cart becomes a very special "space" that will eventually be filled with various items for particular purposes and various - even strange - needs. We would consider someone strange or weird if they met us at the door and said, "Here, take my cart and fill it with whatever you think I want, and I'll meet you at the check-out area."
Often, however, we do that with our minds. We become careless with what we read, what we watch, what or who we listen to, or what we think about. It can be dangerous, just as it would be dangerous if we allowed some stranger to fill our shopping cart with unwholesome “trash.”
We are warned in Proverbs to "guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life." In the Bible, the heart is the “keeper” of our feelings and thoughts, it guides our decisions, and provides solutions for our problems. The heart is critical in the battle between wisdom and foolishness, righteousness and evil. That’s why it is so important for us to set “boundaries” or “guards” around our heads and hearts. We must control the content that goes in or is kept out of our “carts” – our heads and hearts – or we will end up with poisons that kill.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to be very careful about the things that enter into our minds, and then control our lives. Guard our thoughts so that our minds avoid sinful thoughts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life.