What if you woke up tomorrow and every single aspect of your life was picture perfect? I know it's hard, but we all daydream. That house? Beautifully decorated and exceptionally functional. That relationship? Fixed. Those kids? Angels. That job? Delightfully fulfilling. Those friendships? As healthy as a marathon runner's diet. That church? Strife free, worry free, with just the right music, preaching, and fellowship combination. Your health? Clean bill. Are you ready for that day? Then what? How would you feel? Would you behave differently? Would you look different? Would you serve differently? Would you love differently? If your first thoughts, like mine, are a resounding 'Why, Yes! That would free me up to do whatever…that would make my life that much easier...that would enable me to…"whatever." Before you jump on the "whatever" bandwagon, ask God to search your heart.
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
The heart, as referred to in the scriptures, is the source of things like love, grief, joy, thoughts, reasoning, faith and belief. The human heart, whether it is soaring with joy or weeping in pain is most beautiful when it is malleable, like clay, and moved to the expression of love. In contrast, one of the saddest sights, a picture that must grieve the Creator, is the reality of a heart not moving—stagnant, void, without feeling and without life. A heart of stone. What causes a hardened heart? Sin, pride, rebellion, dissatisfaction—suffering. Our desire for what we don't have or what could be can blind us to the palpable, beating, passionate purpose for our hearts. Join me in begging God to keep our eyes open and vigilant against the condition of a hardened heart. I don't want a heart of stone; I want a squishy heart, one that Solomon refers to in Proverbs 4:23. A heart that is kept healthy and alive by the Living Water. Jesus.
Is your perfect life what Christ died for? Or, did He die for the opportunity to have faith in a perfect gift? Are we throwing the gift of salvation in His face when we 'What if' our lives away? What is the free gift of salvation all about? To give us life and to give us life abundantly so that we might go out and tell others that Jesus loves them. An abundant life—not one full of perfection, or stuff, but one full of HOPE. How can I stare in the face of someone who is desperate for the love of Jesus and dare complain about my lot in life? Honesty moment here. Is His redemption enough? Is He enough? Is He the I Am of my life? Is He the One I brag about, talk about, preach about, point to, and love on? When I rise in the morning, is it all about me or all about Him?
A key component of leadership is having a servant's heart. A heart bent towards putting others before self. How is that possible outside the wisdom presented in Proverbs 4?
I'm not perfect. There are not enough adjectives to describe to you how FAR from perfect I am. I am convicted. I am saddened by my selfish attitude, when I should be committed to living the life Christ died to save. I want my heart to beat with God's purpose for my life, living out every day to honor Him.
Give us squishy hearts, full of your love. Help us to build others up with the knowledge of You.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.