Yesterday, my wife sprayed Roundup in an attempt to kill a large amount of crab grass that is taking over our garden. First, Virginia protected the grapes by tying plastic trash can liners onto the vines. She put beach towels over the blue berries that are blooming, and she wrapped sheets around the black berries. She protected her valuable plants. Then she sprayed the Roundup. Virginia spent more time guarding the plants she didn’t want to harm than she did killing the crab grass. God tells us to do the same when it comes to guarding our hearts. God tells us to go to a lot of trouble to take care of our hearts, for “the heart is the well-spring of life.” You guard your heart because it is valuable. It is your core of your being, where you dream and desire. The heart is where you connect with people and with God. Your heart impacts everything you do – your work, your relationship with yourself, your family, and friends. And you must realize that your heart is under constant attack. Solomon said, “Guard it.” Guard your heart by staying in God’s Word, staying close to God, taking time for quiet conversation with God. Guard your heart by avoiding evil by protecting it by being careful of what you read and watch. Guard your heart.
– Dr. Tim Thompson