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Its a Heart Issue

by on June 16, 2016

Hello there! My name is Rachel Stevens and I am one of the interns for Berean this summer. I’m mainly working with Suzy with things regarding the children’s program and VBA. This past year I finished my first year at Grace Bible college in Grand Rapids and loved every part of it. This summer I’ve been working a lot, and picking up where I left off with my close friends.

This week I’ve been thinking about various issues regarding our thoughts and how people behave based on what is on our heart. The other day, I was driving home from work and I saw a homeless man begging on the side of the road. He had a sign that wrote, “Psalm 41, God bless”. Shortly after, I got home and decided to look up what Psalm 41 said. Verse one says this. “Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the Lord delievers him in times of trouble”. As I read this, what came to my mind was, “Wow, who do I think about? Who do I regard?”.

Who is on my mind? Who do I think about everyday? Is it myself, or is it other people? As I thought this over, I came up with exceuses about why I think about myself: “Oh I’m so busy, I work two jobs, I have to squeeze all these things in MY calender, I want to relax, I I I, me me me…..” I realized that each reason was about myself and serving myself instead of others. Do I think I am too busy to help the homeless man on the street? Do I want plenty of sleep and relaxing time that I can’t go volunteer at a homeless shelter?

ITS A HEART ISSUE.

Who do I think about? What is on my mind continually? In Matthew 15: 17-20 Jesus says that what is on your heart is what will come out in the form of actions, attitude and words.

Its a heart issue. What is on your heart?

Realizing once again that I am too selfish, I came up with a list of people that I can think about and pray for on an everyday basis (times when I’m driving, or at work, or exercising etc.). I came up with a list of over 20 different groups of people; God (must be #1), neighbors, bereans, schoolmates, widows, family, the next generation, etc. I AM CLEARLY OUTNUMBERED! There is literally no excuse to think about myself all the time. Instead of thinking about yourself or worrying about your plans, think of ways to encourage others or do something special for someone. Who is on your heart will change your actions, words and motivation.

At GBC this year, I had a professor for theology that talked about having compassion every day. He always said that as a follower of Christ, we need to dig on our own hearts and find the areas where we lack compassion. Compassion and having a heart for people is the key in making a difference in our communities for Christ.

Who do you think about? What is on your heart? Who is on your list of people? Do you have compassion? Are you ACTUALLY going to change or are you telling yourself you will?

 

 

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