Saturday, February 10, 2007

Mind and Heart

I was thinking about what really separates us from animals. Sometimes I'm not sure who really is superior. They don't have to buy clothes or gasoline. They don't worry about mortgage payments or the consequences of watching too much TV. No worries about taxes for them and I don't think the high cost of a college education is causing them to fall out of the nest at night (or sleepwalk during the day, if you're a raccoon). But I thought about "mind and heart". I know that animals have some heart...just watch one of the movies about sled dogs laying down their lives for their owners (and who could forget Lassie)! But there is a heart in man that is a pipeline. At one end of the pipeline, God is waiting. At our end of the pipeline we get to choose if we'll let Him pour whatever He has for us through the pipe, or whether we'll direct the pipe somewhere else to get filled. Somehow I don't think other creatures have this kind of opportunity. On the other hand, our mind is more like a computer. It takes information in, processes it and decides one of three things (1) act on it, (2) store it for later, or (3) forget about it. No question about it, the Lord gave us wonderful minds. (Animals got minds too) Our mind is a marvelous tool to help us navigate through our daily life, but it really only reaches its potential when the pipeline of the heart is open to the Lord. That's because whatever we put in the heart provides instructions to the mind about what information to process. So, I guess it's not just a mind that's a terrible thing to waste. Let's start with the heart and direct it to the Lord. Let's let Him pour all the blessing, ideas, help (and even trials sometimes) that He wants to...that way we'll keep our minds running like a computer without spam or "pop-ups".

1 Samuel 14:6 Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, "Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few."

7 "Do all that you have in mind," his armor-bearer said. "Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul."


Rob Smith

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