Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Healthy Heart, Anyone?



Most of us desire to become physically fit. Everyone has their own way of gaining and maintaining good physical condition. Some talk about taking a strict diet and scheduled exercise to trim weight. Others are active in different kinds of sports and vigorous activities.

Even I am surrounded by health-conscious friends. Some of them spend several hours at the gym to develop their body figure. During the past school breaks, we have spent a couple of mornings jogging in the humid areas of our town and even hiked up on a hill. On those times, I’ve been able to breathe like I’ve never breathe the same fresh air before. Although I don’t really possess the ideal body shape, I knew these activities somehow conditioned me.

I came to realize more about the significance of achieving physical wellness as far as everyone knows. However in contrast, most people are not aware of the importance of being fit, spiritually. Living a healthy spiritual lifestyle starts with the condition of the heart.
In chapter 4 of Proverbs (NLT) it is written, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (v.23). A healthy heart is a heart which beats not bitterness, envy, anger, or hatred, but love. It is one which follows after the will of God. The Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). Therefore, knowing that God sees what’s within; we must present a heart that pleases Him. But how can we possibly achieve a well-conditioned heart? Few of the steps instructed in the Bible are as follows:

1.       “Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech” (Prov. 4:24). It is essential to learn how to tame our tongue. To be able to keep our mouth right, we should avoid tolerating deeds that are definitely wrong—such as gossips, spreading rumors or voicing out malicious words. As Proverbs 18:21 says, Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit—you choose” (MSG). Even a single word can change a person’s life. It’s either for the better, or for the worse. Thus, we must think before we speak.

2.       “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you” (v.25). Focus on the right direction. Sometimes, we do not have control over what our eyes happen to see, but we are given the ability to choose how we are going to respond to it. And also, “The only source of light for the body is the eye. If you look at people and want to help them, you will be full of light. But if you look at people in a selfish way, you will be full of darkness. And if the only light you have is really darkness, you have the worst kind of darkness.” (Matthew 6:22-23, ERV)

3.       “Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path” (v.26).  Set our feet on the right track. Don’t let anything or anyone break our stride. “Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”(v.27). Never let these pull us away from the road we take. As we go on, we must resist the temptations and overcome the circumstances that get on the way. One word: FOCUS! It is also for us to decide whether we are going to take the path which leads to destruction or the path which leads to life. Always remember that where we are right now is where we have chosen ourselves to be.


If we’re able to maintain physical fitness but are not pursuing a healthy spiritual lifestyle, we will miss out the chances of achieving the essential benefits from it which God has promised to give. At first it seems too hard to practice, but when we fully desire to follow what He has instructed us to do, everything will come out naturally. And one last thing: Nothing we do can ever be difficult, as long as we do it for the glory of God. Keep in mind that spiritual well-being starts with the heart. We usually go after our own desires, but a really healthy heart follows after the will of God.
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