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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Haughty Heart

Scripture to reflect upon for Wisdom Wednesday: Proverbs 21:2
All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.

You hear it all the time, “I’m a good person…” And suddenly they believe that they will go to heaven. They think that by their works they will win over God. “I’m a good person” only goes so far. Is your heart right with Jesus? Are you living for Him? Are you being a good person because you aim to please Jesus, or are your motives self-involved? Are you doing good deeds to gain attention from others? Are you hoping that each good deed is like building a stairway to heaven?

The Lord weighs your heart. He’s not looking at your deeds. Yes, your deeds are important, but it means nothing if your heart isn’t right. That’s where God is looking and searching and weighing your “goodness.”

Quite honestly, each and every single day of our life, we don’t do much that is right, especially if we consider our heart. I don’t know how many times I catch myself thinking angry thoughts about someone or something. We recently went to the Civil War Museum and stood out on the rooftop enjoying the view of Lake Michigan, when down below I heard a woman telling a group of young children to shut the “F” up. Although I felt incredibly terrible for those children, I wanted to run down there and beat the ever-living daylights out of that woman. And those types of scenarios lead me down a path of anger towards the world. In my head, she deserved a good smack in the mouth. And that’s where my heart goes all haywire. My heart will start to harden with thoughts like that. God may have seen my compassion for the children, but it was soon overlooked by the hatred in my heart for the woman.

I recently had some family issues that really made me angry. I screamed and yelled and cried and punched my pillows. Soon after I cooled down I shouted in anger, “Go ahead, God, BLESS THEM!”

Look, I pride myself on walking closely with God on a daily basis, but I’m far from perfect. I asked God to forgive me on both accounts and whole heartedly prayed for the woman and my family members who upset me. That is when my heart changed.

NOTE TO SELF: Most of “our ways” are the wrong ways. Doing good deeds won’t get us to heaven, but living for God will motivate our heart to always do the right things.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and make my spirit right again (Psalm 51:10). (I wasn’t kidding when I told you I pray this daily. It’s necessary for everyone, even if you think your ways are right!)

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