Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Shop Carefully

Supermarket behavior is fascinating to watch. It seems as though people change when they enter the door, get their carts and begin to walk through the aisles

The cart becomes a very special "space" that is filled with various items for our particular needs. We would consider someone strange if they met us at the door and said, "Here, take my cart and fill it with whatever you want. I'll meet you at the check out area."

Often, however, we do that with our minds. We become careless with what we read, what we watch, what or who we listen to or what we think about. It can be dangerous - just as it would be if we allowed some stranger to fill our cart.

We are warned in Proverbs to "guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life." In the Bible the heart is akin to the mind and is the keeper of our feelings and thoughts, guides our decisions and provides solutions for daily living. The heart is critical in the battle between wisdom and foolishness, righteousness and evil. It is more important for us to set boundaries around our heart than it is to watch what goes into such a simple thing as a shopping cart.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to be very careful about the things that come into our minds and control our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

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