Thursday, February 14, 2013
Today’s Topic: MY HEART…MY WORDS
Today’s Text: Luke 6:45 (NLT) A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
It’s heart day. Valentine’s Day is all about the heart, and the expressions of love that flow from its treasures. But rather than talk about the traditional Valentine’s Day love, I want to share a story that came to me from one of my cousins. I have changed the names and locations in the story, but the lesson of faith and love it teaches is an eternal one – the treasure of our heart is revealed by our speech.
I have heard it said that out of the mouth flows the condition of the heart. Today, on the golf course, my husband and I were paired with Gene and Nancy to make up our four-some. They were a very nice man and woman who were not married to each other, but were good friends. Gene’s wife was caring for a grandchild and Nancy’s husband was recovering from kidney cancer, so they joined each other and us, for a game of golf. Gene and Nancy were both nice enough people and they were a pleasure to play with…..at first.
For first few holes we all exchanged small talk…where are you from…how long have you been wintering in the south…family…that sort of interaction. I had taken notice early on in our conversations of their language and by the time we made the turn to the back nine…my heart was heavy. I think that I physically winced every time I heard an off-colored story or the name of the Lord taken in vain. Some of this, I am sure, stemmed from a bad habit or from a bad case of “lack of vocabulary”.
Earlier that morning, in my devotions, I was moved to pray that I would see people as Christ sees them, hear people as Christ would hear them, speak to people as Christ would speak to them and that my heart would feel things the way that Christ’s heart feels things. Big prayer! Little did I know that the promise that I had made to God would get a TEST – a big one.
After listening to this language for the better part of three hours, I found myself becoming angry with them. I wasn’t happy, at all, with our “pairing”. Why did God have to put us with “them”? When I play golf, my husband drives the cart with our clubs on it and I walk – usually joyfully singing and having a bit of a “quiet time” all by myself. These PEOPLE were ruining my day. I was not showing disgust on the outside, but on the inside I was fuming.
Then, I saw it! Then, I felt it! I was not honoring God with my thoughts or feelings. I was not feeling as He feels. So, instead of anger, my spirit was moved with compassion and a prayer for Gene and Nancy that someday they would know this Jesus whose name they were taking in vain. It was a good lesson for me.
Luke 6:45 says, “ a good man, out of the treasure of his heart, brings forth that which is good; and an evil man, out of the evil treasure of his heart, brings that which is evil; FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS”. (emphasis mine)
I also was thinking that this verse is not just intended for off colored stories and cussing. Have you ever had a day that has been full of fear, anger and frustration? I have. What comes out of our mouths, more than likely, will mirror our attitude or what is in our hearts. We say things that are not constructive and maybe even hurtful to the people we love or to co-workers.
Let’s remember, the next time that we find ourselves in a SNIT!…
OUT OF OUR HEART………..WE SPEAK.
Thanks for the reminder, Cuz. I wonder what my test will be today?