February is the month for matters of the heart. Throughout the month, we are reminded to develop and follow habits, i.e. eat the right foods, exercise, that promote a healthy heart for longer, more vibrant life. As I did in my previous blog, I encourage you to have heart in your business – it is the way to ethically succeed. Also, to that list I would add guarding your heart.
I encourage you to guard your heart against callousness of others and from situations that will deplete your energy and spirit. However, don’t interpret this to mean live in fear. On the contrary, your life should be full of love, free of groundless fears. John 14:27 reads “…Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Guarding your heart is more about allowing others into your lives wisely. Belief in the Word of the Lord is your protection and should be your guiding spirit.
It is particularly important to guard your heart against those who are truly not in your corner or on your team. This is true in business and it is true in your personal life. (If you are an entrepreneur it is sometimes difficult to separate the two.) Listening to what they have to say will only lead you to question your abilities. They don’t speak words of uplift, but rather speak from a possible sense of envy or dislike. Even though you may not openly recognize what is happening, if you are in the habit of guarding and trusting your heart, it may be easier for you to see the agendas that others may have.
Don’t spend time and effort trying to understand why you may encounter these individuals. They are a part of life, but they don’t need to influence your life and certainly should not touch your heart.
As children of God who have given our hearts to the Lord, we should guard against the whimsical and often fleeting allegiance of others. Live from a kind heart, but also live from a cautious heart. Just as you guard your tongue, according to the Lord, also guard your heart.
Admittedly, it can be difficult to guard our heart at times, but when you have clear goals and even clearer morals and values based on the teachings of Jesus, guarding your heart is easier.
Proverbs 3:6 admonishes us to “…Trust in the Lord with all your heart and he will make your paths straight.”
Guarding your heart does not mean you should not love your fellow man or guard your heart from God. On the contrary, loving the Lord is the center of guarding your heart and having love for each other is what Jesus teaches us. Guarding your heart merely mandates that you express and give your love wisely. In fact, loving God and letting God into your hearts is when we we are able to guard it. When you open your heart to God, his spirit and favor will be with you. You gain freedom rather than restriction and you will have the ability to conduct your life under valuable precepts which become a part of guarding your heart. Guarding your heart leads to peace and the ability to love.
“…Serving the Lord and resting in his care will put a song in your heart.”
It is a delicate balance we are challenged with attaining, but one that is worth achieving. So guard your heart, but do so with wisdom and out of love, not out of fear.
Take a moment to consider: How important do you think it is to guard your heart, especially in business? Can you think of instances when you didn’t guard your heart and what were the consequences? Please leave me a comment. I would like to know your opinions.