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An Impromptu Heart Check

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” -Proverbs 4:23 

This week’s post is a little shorter than usual. I would like everyone to spend time truly reflecting on the state of their heart. Personally, my heart is exhausted, hurting, and yet hopeful that true change is on the way. The past two weeks have been the most spiritually exhausting weeks of my life. Everywhere I look, I see people who are heartbroken given the continuous brutality we are forced to endure. However, I also see thousands of strong individuals doing their part in the fight for justice. Each day feels like an emotional roller coaster. There are moments where I feel hopeless, and others where I feel empowered. I am encouraged when I see not only blacks, but people of all colors standing together in unity to fight against racial inequality.

However, I do worry about the current state of our hearts during this time. I believe we should be informed and involved, but we must also remain aware of our heart posture. It’s so easy to become engulfed with anger, but I encourage you to pour your heart out to God. Pray for the positive change you want to see in the world, and insight on how you may be able to contribute. Given what is happening daily, it is hard to not allow our hearts to become hardened. However, we must guard our hearts by praying, spending time with God, and pouring out our emotions to Him. Please refrain from holding all those emotions inside, choose to lay them at His feet.

I know it may be hard to see God in the midst of all this, but He is there, working on our behalf. I believe God is allowing America to see ourselves clearly during this unprecedented time of the corona virus. We are being forced to sit and confront centuries’ worth of oppression and brutality. America is being forced to excavate horrors that have long been buried, and people are finally having the much-needed conversations. We have a long ways to go, but we must continue to keep pushing forward. We cannot allow ourselves to go back to “normal.” There is a momentum happening, and we have to ride it all the way to the end goal.

In closing, I want to ask each of you how your hearts are doing. Take time to really think about it, and talk through your emotions with God. Express your anger, frustration, and sadness to Him and ask for change. Pray for any area you need Him to touch, and guard your heart against bitterness. This fight is far from over, and we need our hearts to be in alignment so we can make lasting and effective change.

I hope everyone has a blessed week, and see you next Sunday!

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