How quickly it is to forget that the mind and heart are connected, both ultimately affecting our behavior, our behavior to others as well as ourselves.
We talk so much about the heart, the condition of it, the surrender of it, the evaluation of it, even the attitude of it…all very important. Trust me, for someone who had protected her heart for so long, I know the value of the heart.
But we can’t neglect the mind.
Ephesians: 4:23-24 – to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
We can examine our hearts all we want, but if our minds don’t grasp the foundational truths as well, then it will be difficult for our behaviors and habits to change. They work together. Revelations enter both the heart and the mind. The Spirit works through both the heart and the mind. We learn through both the heart and the mind.
Psalm 26:2-3 – Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.
It’s not just a heart that is transformed. It’s a Life transformed. It’s wholeness.
We all enjoy a good movie, the way the plot moves, and the characters develop. Some of us can even become emotionally attached to particular characters if they are developed well enough. We laugh with them, we cry with them, and we even have hope for what will be. We enjoy stories of perseverance, of courage, of strength, of Love. And as we get swept away in the greatness of the story, we soon find ourselves cheering on the main character as he goes through the trials life brings, learning and growing in the process.
Yet, no matter how well the storyline was written, how precise the actors portrayed the characters, how real the special effects seemed, nothing is as real and as captivating as your own story. It’s a story of perseverance and grace. It’s a story of redemption and worth. It’s a story that continues to unfold with each lesson learned, struggle lived through, revelation revealed, and great moments intermingled throughout. You know who you were. You know how far you’ve come. And you know there is much more. So don’t hold back. Don’t give up. Don’t settle. Allow God the freedom to lead you on one of the greatest stories ever written….yours. Live wholeheartedly.
“Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your own weakness.” ~ Mother Teresa