Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Leaving Eden, Pt. 3: What Is Your Heart?

Brandon Heath: What is your heart? What ar eyour desires? What are some things you always wanted to do, but you were afraid to do them?

My heart and desires definitely lie in sports and writing. I love both and both have provided me an avenue to share my faith and placed me in a position to be an influence. An opportunity to be blessing. We all have desires and talents and abilities that have been given to us by God. It's the stuff we have always wanted to do. Some people love music. Some people love business. Others have a passion to help people in the medical field. Whatever your desires are, don't be afraid to pursue them! God put them there for a reason. We just need to put it all in the proper perspective and remember that we are given these gifts and opportunities to bring glory to God.

Brandon mentions fear in the video and that is the biggest enemy of our heart and desires. Because it is fear that will prevent us from taking risks. It is fear that will rob us from capitalizing on the opportunities that have been set before us. It is fear that will keep us from reaching our maximum potential. And it is fear that will prevent us from taking that first step. We cannot let our hearts become paralyzed with fear that will keep us away from what God wants to bless us with. God called on Abraham to take a step of faith and leave his home in order to make him into a great nation, to bless him and to make him a blessing to others. Abraham just went. When God is telling our hearts something, we have to obey that.

We need to constantly guard our hearts, because they are vulnerable to outside influences and distractions. Our hearts can be easily deceived and can cause us real problems. How do we guard our hearts? By trusting in God, by submitting our heart to Him and maintaining a pure heart. Doing so will keep us strong in the face of temptation, give us the wisdom to say the right things, provide us with confidence to face trials and storms, and keep us humble as we walk in the steps and in the plan that God has for us.

When we sync our heart and the desires of our heart with God's plan, we receive peace, clarity and direction. I know I love sports and I know I love writing about sports and I have to make sure that what I'm doing is for His glory. How can my I utilize my passion for the kingdom? That is something we all should be continually asking. For me, I was encouraged by family and friends to pursue a career in sports journalism and that is what I am doing. And when I realize that I am doing it not just for myself but for God, it elevates it to a whole 'notha level!

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Psalm 119:36, Psalm 28:7, Proverbs 4:23, Matthew 5:8, Proverbs 18:12, Genesis 12:1-4

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