we’re looking at refocusing our priorities and that it starts with a change of heart. that’s where it starts. something happens inside.
we’ve all experienced this at one time or another in our lives. a change of heart is like flipping a switch inside where all of a sudden you begin to see things differently. you have a new power to live a different way of life.
let’s suppose there’s a temptation that’s overwhelming you but one day something happens in your heart. it’s like a switch gets flipped. and all of a sudden you realize, i can say no to that temptation. i will say no to that temptation. that’s a change of heart. that’s what we’re talking about.
a change of heart could be you’ve been looking at the world through bitter, ungrateful eyes for quiet a while. but someday, something happens. someone says something, you look at somebody else’s life and you realize, “i really do have a lot to be thankful for.” something happened inside. all of a sudden you look at the world and you’re more thankful for what you have instead of thinking about what you don’t have.
a change of heart can come maybe when you’re depressed and you’re feeling hopeless and you’ve felt that way for along, long time. but one day you wake up and you realize, “i’ve turned the corner. i don’t know what happened but i’ve turned the corner and all of a sudden i feel hopeful again.”
or it might be that you feel angry at someone. it seems like forever. but one day you wake up and you realize, “i don’t know what happened but i think i can let that go now. i think i can forgive them.”
all of those are what the bible calls a change of heart. if you and i are going to be able to refocus our priorities in a way that we can enjoy the kind of life that GOD wants us to enjoy, the bible says that’s part of what happens.
just a thought from the front porch…