This is the one verse that God gave me for my kids; the one bit of wisdom He gave me to pass down. I wrote out what it means to me for all the graduates we know this year… including our own Josh, who is due to graduate from college this December. 🙂 We are proud of you and love you all.
Guard your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
Guard it with humility.
Guard it by abiding in His love.
Guard it by praying all the time.
Guard it by forgiving and loving others.
Guard it by giving thanks in every situation.
Guard it by casting your cares on Him because He cares for you.
Guard it with daily Bible study… (even if it’s just a verse or two).
Guard it with the fullness of joy found only in His presence.
Guard it with His gift of peace that passes understanding.
Guard it with the strong and sure hope of Heaven.
Guard it because it’s the most important thing you own. Out of it comes words of life or death (depending on how well you guard it) with the potential of profoundly effecting the lives of those around you (for good or for evil)… profoundly effecting the direction of your own life here on earth and your life in Heaven. When your heart is wounded by your own sin or someone else’s, begin again… Guard your heart!… with humility… love.. prayer… forgiveness… thanksgiving… etc.
Praying God’s grace and love will complete it’s perfect work in you. Ephesians 3:16-17