Guard Your Heart

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." – Proverbs 4:23

This morning, my four year old son told me I was breaking his heart because I wouldn’t play airplanes with him. This is actually the third time in the past week that he has used the phrase "breaking my heart".

So, this got me thinking about how important our hearts are to our relationships – our relationships with others and our relationship with God. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind“ (Matthew 22:37). Your heart is key to your relationship with God.

But we all know how easily a heart can be broken. A relationship ends and it breaks your heart. A family member passes away and it breaks your heart. You have a sick child and as their parent it breaks your heart that they are not getting better. You have a dream for your life, it isn’t happening and your heart breaks. You have an unanswered prayer and it breaks your heart. You have a parent who won’t play airplanes with you because they are writing a devotional that touches many lives and it breaks the heart of a four year old which in turn breaks your heart.

Many things break our heart so we guard them and protect them, but what are we protecting them from? Most of us would say from emotional pain, but the writer of Proverbs is looking at something more than emotional pain. If your heart is key to your relationship with God, then shouldn’t you be protecting your heart from those things that diminish your devotion to Him? Yes!

Where in your life do you need to place a hedge of protection around your heart? Are there compromising positions you’re putting yourself in that are causing your character to be suspect? Is there a temptation in your life that is so powerful that it weakens your devotion to God. Have you asked someone to walk beside you and hold you accountable in your devotion to Him?

~ Tim Hall (I encourage feedback, questions & comments - email me at