I’ve heard this scripture since I was a child. I didn’t learn it in public school, I didn’t learn it from my parents, or my sibling. I suppose I learned it in Sunday school or from a pulpit but wouldn’t it be wonderful to learn it in public school, maybe have a class on it? Things society does not teach us. Because haven’t we all had our hearts broken, hurt, stepped on, crushed?
I’ve had my share of heartaches and heartbreaks. Opening our hearts allows for vulnerabilities. Love cannot exist unless we are vulnerable but how can we be vulnerable and guard our hearts at the same time?
I believe that once we know the red flags 🚩, once we’ve had our hearts broken by those that are toxic, it is our job to guard them. The scripture says “Above all else”, the boldness and strength of those words are as loud as thunder. That means let nothing come between you and your heart.
Once we know who someone is, believe them! Quit making excuses for their behavior. Stop trying to help them. If they want help, they’ll seek it. If they want help from you, they’ll ask you and apply it to their life, not just talk about it. Healing is their responsibility and nobody takes the step of getting better until THEY are ready.
Our hearts are our temples. It is why certain religions adopt the doctrine of not eating meat or swine because it’s unhealthy for our hearts. It’s why Christians believe that it’s where God lives. It’s why there are disclosures on cigarettes, vaping, and tobacco products because it’s toxic to our hearts. Think about it, it’s the most important organ in our body.
I pray that we have the wisdom to know who has bad intentions to hurt our hearts. I pray we have ears to hear and eyes to see the toxic red flags that bring on heartbreak. I pray we can follow our instinct and give thanks for all things that detoured us from heartbreaks. I pray that we guard our hearts above all else.