Heart Surgery

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The content of my weekly blogs is drawn primarily from ancient Hebrew wisdom literature, while the 2020 format was inspired by James Clear’s “3-2-1” Thursdays. Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each week you will receive One Pillar/Proverb, One Principle and One Practical.

One Pillar

We live from our heart: The part of us that drives and organizes our life is not the physical”-Dallas Willard

One Principle

One of my earliest blogs in 2020 addressed the overflow of our hearts. What takes place on the inside, in large measure, determines what we say and how we live. As we approach the middle of a year that has been turned upside down by COVID-19, I return to this question of how we’re really doing at the heart level. I’m dealing here with the thoughts that you have in your quiet moments, when there’s no noise and there is some semblance of stillness in your soul.

Let me be vulnerable with you. In a recent time of reflection and contemplation, I did a bit of heart surgery to see what I would find in the deep layers of my inner person. Here’s a summary of what I considered to be “idols in my heart” that need to be destroyed and removed:

  • An active ego that is still too concerned with my image and appearance
  • A love for the approval of men
  • Exalting status symbols like my career, education and place of residence
  • Comfort and self-preservation
  • Avoiding persecution for my faith
  • Cowardice

Although I consider myself a devout worshipper of God, I had to admit that there were these little “gods” in my heart that were preventing me from living in freedom and true fullness. I’m looking forward to refreshing my heart.

One Practical

Surgery is painful but life-changing. Honestly evaluate, with help if needed, how you are really doing on the inside. Vow to renew your heart.

To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Michelle Marcus

    My challenge has been to not focus on becoming but more focus on doing because the world teaches that success is more about what you do and how much you do. So I am renewing my focus to the journey of becoming instead. In that way, the doing will become natural. Thanks

  2. J. Tyrone Marcus

    That’s a great focus Michelle. I, too, am embracing the lessons of becoming rather than doing.

  3. Brian Yarde

    I have known you since I was 13 years old Tyrone. You have always been an honest, reflective and transparent person. This post says the same. You have sacrificed and worked hard for what you have accomplished still maintaining a sense of humility and graciousness. Thank you for sharing as I will work on this too.

  4. J. Tyrone Marcus

    Thank you so much Brian for your kind words of encouragement. I’m embracing this wonderful journey of personal and spiritual growth trying to ensure that my transformation begins from the inside first. Peace, love and respect Brian.

  5. Larry Romany

    Blessings Tyrone. This is a wonderful journey that you’re on and I feel humbled that you would choose to share it with the world. Anyone who lives their lives shrouded in God’s grace can discover only peace, joy and prosperity and during the time that I’ve known you, this has been your mantra. The journey within is a beautiful one and is the only road to success in conquering the outer world of human consciousness. With Michelle and your two kids by your side I have no doubt that you’re well on your way to victory. Stay good and stay safe!

  6. J. Tyrone Marcus

    Thank you Larry. I’ve learnt many valuable lessons from you not only from the perspective of sports leadership but especially in terms of pursuing inner peace that depends so much on divine connection and intimacy. The journey is indeed a beautiful and precious one.

    1. Richard Baboolal

      Appreciate this Tyrone, I see similar gods in my heart. I’ve been praying that God teaches me how to love the way He does and to love the things He loves. My heart is so far off the mark its not funny, but i trust that God in His mercy will grant me a heart transplant, from this heart of stone, to a heart of flesh.

  7. J. Tyrone Marcus

    Thank you Richard. I love your reference to having a heart transplant. Don’t we all need it from time to time? I’m glad you have also chosen to travel on the journey.

  8. Karen

    Humanism Marcus; that belief in self and the power of the will might be at work here. I am finding that the higher we go and the more we achieve, that belief in the self can really become amplified, sometimes to the point of minimizing the power and sovereignty of the divine. This make intermittent heart surgery all the more crucial as we move forward in life.
    Thank you for this reminder. I will make a bigger effort at remembering to do this, if only for the purpose of remaining humble as I attain more success (or what the Babylonians call success – I want to replace that with the notion of fulfillment instead).

  9. J. Tyrone Marcus

    Your observations are profound Karen and you are so right in saying that the pursuit of humility becomes even more crucial as we attain success. Thank you.

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