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