The Rest of Your Story 27: How do you guard your heart?

The Key to My Heart photo by 1Happysnapper (flickr) I tend to embarass myself when I speak by doing things like, oh, walking into the men’s room or breaking water jugs. Yes, ma’am.

So when I showed up to speak at a conference for the wives of worship leaders yesterday, I vowed I would change my crazy ways.

And I felt quite calm until realizing the other speaker was Jackie Kendall, the best-selling author of Lady in Waiting.

Then I began to quietly hyperventilate because I LOVE her. I did gather my wits long enough to take in her brilliant and hilarious talk. One insight she shared smacked me across the forehead like a wet noodle. Schloop!

Jackie said part of the Greek word for contentment means “to raise a wall against.” A Scripture that has been on my heart came instantly to mind… 

“Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Contentment isn’t my strong suit. Not my strong suit, dress, skirt, shirt, or tie. I have high expectations. I whine. I’ve got a stack of “if only’s” a mile high.

I viewed contentment as a barrier…something that could block my dreams.

But suddenly I saw it as just the opposite…protection for my heart.

Contentment doesn’t mean faking it, being a doormat, or becoming passive. It doesn’t mean we don’t dream or grow. 

Instead it simply means our hearts choose to be satisfied with what God gives us today. Then we partner with Him to move toward what He has for us tomorrow.

(By the way, I’m really glad the Apostle Paul said, “I have learned to be content in all things” because y’all, it’s going to take this girl some practice.)

So how does this relate to our stories?

“Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life (aka the source of your story).”

Like the lock on a little-girl diary, contentment keeps safe what matters most.

p.s. I did not walk into the men’s restroom this time. But right smack in the middle of my talk, in front of Jackie and everybody, I did say I hoped Jesus would say “y’all” when we got to heaven. What?!? You can’t take me anywhere.


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I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

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