Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
So often this verse is quoted in reference to relationships but we need to guard our hearts in everything. We need to be careful what movies and tv shows we watch, what books we read, the places we go and the music we listen to. What we expose ourselves to is what we become. As the old saying goes, “garbage in – garbage out!” Whatever you are feeding your mind is so important.
Our attitudes and our words flow from our hearts so if we don’t guard what is poured into our heart there’s no telling what will come out. Matthew 15: 18-19 says, “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” If we don’t guard our hearts nothing but garbage can be expected to come out of us. What we think about and dwell on makes a difference!
The first place to start is to start your day by asking as the Psalmist did in Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” God is the only one who can cleanse the sin from our hearts and give us the right thoughts and attitudes. If we ask Him to remove wrong thoughts and attitudes then we have room for the new. The attitudes and thoughts we feed on a daily basis whether good or bad are the ones that will grow. If you walk around negative and crabby with a poor attitude and you constantly grumble about all that is wrong in your life then that is where you are going to remain. If you focus on all God has done and is doing and will do in your life then you will find that your whole perspective in life will be better and you will be able to be more productive in your day. God’s desire is not for you to be all gloom and doom, there’s no faith or hope in a life of misery.
Now where should you start to begin to find the right thoughts and attitudes? Psalm 119:11 says, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” If we fill our hearts and minds with the word of God it will change our thoughts and attitudes. It will give you what you need to fight off Satan’s attacks and lies and you will become stronger in who you are in Christ. Listen to uplifting music! Choose your books, tv shows and movies carefully!
We have a choice every day and we need to determine which attitudes and thoughts we will feed. Either God will rule and reign in your heart or you will give your day to the Devil. I would encourage you to make the decision early in your day every day so you can have victory in your life. The best is yet to come!
“Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thoughts, and habits can be acquired. An action repeated becomes an attitude realized.” Paul Myer