Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Guarding Hearts

We all have things we hope for, and when something comes along that has the potential to fulfill that hope, we're challenged with finding the middle ground between harmful skepticism and foolish, unquestioning trust. Today, I was wondering about how to find that safe place where we don't hold ourselves back from something good out of fear but where we don't hand our hearts out to false hopes, either. I found that Philippians 4:6&7 speaks to this perfectly:

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

God will take care of the guarding if we'll just turn over our cares to him and then put our focus firmly on him and what he's capable of. If we tell him what we need, I can only imagine that would take just a minute or two, but did you see the part about thanking him for "all" he has done? How long would that take?? But in the process of attempting it, I think we would all learn something: If God can do all this, surely, he can take care of you.

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