Dear Logos Family,
“Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 (ESV)
Have you done a “H.E.A.R.T.” check recently? I have my annual “Wellness” visit next week with the doctor and it reminded me to do a “wellness” check with my soul. Are any of these “H.E.A.R.T.” gauges high for you today?
H – Hurting
E – Exhausted
A – Angry
R – Resentful
T – Tense
There is good reason for any or all of these gauges to be higher than usual over this past year. Hopefully not all at the same time!
One way to respond to high “heart” gauges is to increase your prayers of adoration. Richard Foster in his book entitled “Prayer” talks about the Prayer of Adoration. He defines adoration as “the spontaneous yearning of the heart to worship, honor, magnify, and bless God.” (p. 81). He says that the “two sides” of adoration are thanksgiving and praise: “in thanksgiving we give glory to God for what he has done for us; in praise we give glory to God for who he is in himself.” (83)
CS Lewis identifies common behaviors that keep us from adoration. The first is inattention – getting caught up in life’s “whirlwind” and missing the overtures of Divine Love. Some of this inattention is understandable as we respond to the legitimate demands of home and family and school and work that conspire to make life a blur. (Foster, p. 85f) But it can also become an excuse if we fail to redirect our attention on the Lord. Greed is another obstacle to adoration. Our addiction for more and more pleasurable experiences decreases our ability to enjoy the blessings God gives. A third obstruction is conceit. This happens when we “think more of ourselves than we ought to think.” (Rom 12:3) When conceit takes over the focus is once again on how wonderful we are – which is why it so effectively severs the cords of adoration.” (p. 87)
Are you ready to take a “H.E.A.R.T.” check? Don’t be discouraged if some of the gauges are higher than usual. Redirect your attention on the Lord and things that are “worthy of praise”, and watch those gauges drop!
Grace and peace,