Guarding Our Hearts
This is a note written by one of us that we were able to copy and save before the Facebook page we met on closed.
The human heart is a muscular organ which pumps blood through the blood vessels throughout the body. The heart weighs less than a pound and is about the size of a fist. The heart beats 60 to 100 beats per minute, about 100,000 times in one day and about 35 million times in a year. During an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times. The heart’s function is very straightforward….if it beats we are alive…if it stops beating we are dead.
Merriam Webster gives another definition of “heart” which is equally important…..”one’s innermost character, feelings, or inclinations, the central or innermost part.”
The human heart is protected or guarded by the rib cage which is composed off 12 pairs of ribs, the sternum and 12 thoracic vertebrae. This cage surrounds the chest cavity providing maximum protection for this organ vital to sustain our lives. We also maintain heart health with good nutrition and exercise. Guarding our innermost character or “heart” takes the same intentional purpose and good decisions to maintain “heart health.” Just as our physical heart is vital to our very existence, “guarding our heart” emotionally and spiritually is equally important. Our “heart” is our very being…our soul…our character. Worthy of guarding.
In the first century, a Roman Centurian was one of the greatest examples of a “guard.” Not only did a Centurian command his 100 men, it is important to note that “the centurions were chosen by merit, and so were men remarkable not so much for their daring courage as for their deliberation, constancy, and strength of mind.” (Bible History Online) The Romans were worthy guards due to their physical strength, but also for the “heart”….their “innermost character” which was deliberateness, consistency, and strength of mind. The centurian did not guard accidentally, but with purpose.
When WE “guard our heart,” we must be deliberate, constant, and possess strength of mind as to what we put INTO our hearts….our minds. The function of our “heart” and mind is as straightforward as the human heart…..if we consistently put good things into our minds we are alive…..if we allow filth inside, then our innermost being dies.
A good rule in guarding our heart is to be watchful of what goes into our mind through our eyes and our ears. If good writing, wholesome words and thoughts, encouraging internet sites, and uplifting television viewing go into our mind, then good character will be the result in our lives…..through our words and also through our writing.
Think on THESE things: whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable and worthy of praise. If our minds are intentionally and purposefully focused on these attributes, then we are truly guarding our heart….our innermost character.
From our heart….to yours.